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Munster and Ireland legend Anthony Foley passes away

Munster and Ireland legend Anthony Foley passes away

The IRFU and Munster Rugby have announced that Munster head coach Anthony Foley passed away overnight in his hotel room in Paris.

The IRFU and Munster Rugby have announced that Munster head coach Anthony Foley passed away overnight in his hotel room in Paris.

A Munster and Ireland icon, the former back-rower earned 62 caps for his country in a 16-year playing career.

Foley was appointed Munster head coach in July 2014 and was due to lead his side out against Racing 92 this afternoon.

The match has been postponed.
 

“It is with deep regret that the Irish Rugby Football Union and Munster Rugby must advise of the passing overnight of Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley, at the team hotel in Paris," a joint statement from Munster Rugby and the IRFU read.

“Munster Rugby management are liaising directly with Anthony's family and will provide them with any assistance and support required.

“The IRFU and Munster Rugby pass on our deepest sympathies to all of Anthony's family and friends and ask for privacy for the family at this sad time.

“As a mark of respect to Anthony and his family and to support players, management and staff, Muster Rugby have requested that today's match against Racing 92 be rescheduled.

“Munster Rugby thank Racing 92, EPCR, broadcasters and partners, and the many fans who travelled to Paris for their understanding and support at this time.”

The thoughts of all at The British & Irish Lions are with Anthony's family and friends and the Irish rugby community.

 

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