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Friday 23 March 2018

Ulster to honour Anthony Foley in similar fashion to how Munster paid homage to Nevin Spence

Nevin Spence and Anthony Foley
Nevin Spence and Anthony Foley

David Smith

Ulster have announced their intention to remember Anthony Foley by erecting a memorial for the late Irish manager in the away dressing room at Ravenhill.

It is a classy gesture, and one which is reminiscent of Munster's decision to place a plaque bearing the name of Nevin Spence, who passed away at just 22, in the away dressing room at Thomond Park.

"Anthony Foley was a magnificent rugby player and a magnificent human being," Ulster Rugby CEO Shane Logan said.

"We extend our condolences to his family and all in Munster rugby.

"Munster were superb when Nevin Spence died - they did us the great tribute of placing a permanent memorial to Nevin in their away changing room.

"We would like to reciprocate for Munster".

Director of Rugby at Ulster Les Kiss also paid tribute to Foley.

"My thoughts go out to Axel's family, his kids, to the Munster family. It's a sad loss for a lot of people in Irish rugby and Munster rugby. It's tragic really to tell you the truth.

It makes you think about what's really important in life, and to lose someone so young, a good man, a great man, it's tragic," he said.

It is yet to be announced what form the proposed memorial will take.

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