Sunday 19 November 2017

'They're the things people don't see': Ian Keatley remembers kind gesture from Anthony Foley that helped him get over a poor display

Members of the Munster team have given their first public comments since the announcement of Anthony Foley's tragic death.

Speaking to Alan O'Keeffe of the Irish Independent, Munster out-half Ian Keatley revealed how the squad were in the team room when they heard the shocking news.

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Keatley worked with Foley for a number of seasons and the duo had a special relationship given the faith the head coach placed in the out-half.

As he reflected on his time working with Foley, Keatley revealed a heartwarming moment the two shared after the Dubliner performed poorly in a match.

The head coach invited his player to a family dinner where Keatley's spirits were raised by Foley and his family.

"I've known him seven years," Keatley said. 

"I remember I had a poor performance last year and it epitomised Anthony that he rang me up after the game and invited me out to his house the next day. We called out to his house and he had a pizza oven out in his garden.

"His wife and kids were there and Keith Wood and his family there and we were just having a pizza. He treated me normally even though I had a poor game.

"They are the things that people don't see. He had a great heart."

In another heartbreaking moment, Keatley spoke about how it saddens him that team meetings will no longer open with Foley turning on his laptop and a screensaver of his children appearing.

Keatley joined Munster in 2011, the same season where Foley was named forwards coach.

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