Monday 22 January 2018

David Wallace: The loss of Axel is still hard to take

15 April 2000; Munster's Anthony Foley, left, and David Wallace celebrate victory over Stade Francais. European Rugby Cup Quarter-Final, Munster v Stade Francais, Thomond Park, Limerick. Rugby. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
15 April 2000; Munster's Anthony Foley, left, and David Wallace celebrate victory over Stade Francais. European Rugby Cup Quarter-Final, Munster v Stade Francais, Thomond Park, Limerick. Rugby. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

David Wallace

It's Anthony Foley's anniversary this week, and I'm sure it has been a really tough couple of days for his family.

It will be an emotionally-charged weekend for the province in general, especially tomorrow when the players take the field against Racing 92, the same team they were due to play in Paris when Anthony passed away last year.

A lot of the past players will be in attendance at Thomond Park for the game and we will all be remembering Anthony in our own way this week.

This time last year the team responded brilliantly to the adversity surrounding the day after his funeral and all of the emotions that went with that.

It would be amazing if they could conjure up another performance like that - the players need to feed off the energy of the crowd and once again, play like Anthony wanted them to play.

The documentary that aired on RTE last Monday night was a touching tribute to a great man, and it relayed the massive passion he had for everything to do with Shannon, Munster and Ireland.

It's been a tough year for everybody involved in Shannon, Munster and Irish rugby but Axel lives on through those teams and hopefully his most cherished team can provide another fitting tribute to the great man tomorrow.

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