Friday 14 December 2018

Munster to hold minute's applause for Anthony Foley before Champions Cup clash with Racing

Munster players pictured during the minute of silence in memory of Anthony Foley before the European Rugby Champions Cup Round 2 match between Munster Rugby and Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park Stadium in Limerick, Ireland on October 22, 2016 (Photo by Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Munster players pictured during the minute of silence in memory of Anthony Foley before the European Rugby Champions Cup Round 2 match between Munster Rugby and Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park Stadium in Limerick, Ireland on October 22, 2016 (Photo by Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Munster Rugby will hold a one minute round of applause in memory of former captain Anthony Foley before Saturday's Champions Cup tie with Racing at Thomond Park.

Foley passed away last year after dying in his sleep on the eve of Munster's Champions Cup opener against Racing.

A minute's silence was held before every Champions Cup game that weekend and to mourn the one year anniversary of his death, Munster will now hold a one minute round of applause against Racing.

The playing squad was visibly affected in their first game following Foley's death, a 38-17 pummeling of Glasgow at Thomond Park, but one year on and his passing is still quite raw for Munster full-back Simon Zebo.

"I watched the documentary in the week," said Zebo.

"Some parts of Paul O'Connell's interview entertained me, one or two little stories were quite funny and made you reflect on some of the good memories you had with him.

"It was pretty emotional stuff."

Former teammate David Wallace wrote in his column in the Irish Independent that a lot of former Munster players will be in attendance at tomorrow's game and that the players need to feed off the energy of the crowd.

"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," wrote Wallace.

"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."

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