Rugby community in shock following sudden death of Munster legend Anthony Foley

first_imgMonday Oct 17, 2016 Rugby community in shock following sudden death of Munster legend Anthony Foley While the start of the European Champions Cup weekend was met with excitement, it ended in tragedy on Sunday as news broke of the shock passing of Munster legend, Anthony Foley. The former player and coach died suddenly in his Paris hotel room overnight. Munster and Ireland Rugby released statements on Sunday revealing that 42-year-old Head coach Foley had died overnight in the team hotel.As a mark of respect, the scheduled match between Racing 92 and Munster has been postponed.It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to our coach, former captain, colleague and friend today, rest in peace Anthony Foley.— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) October 16, 2016“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.”As news spread, Munster fans gathered at the gates of Stade Yves-du-Manoir and sang ‘The Fields of Athenry’, as well as opened an impromptu book of condolences.Tributes were paid by former team mates and rivals from all corners of the rugby world and from the President of the Irish Republic.A minute’s silence was observed in memory of one of the greatest players in the history of the European Cup before the kick-off of the final game of round one in the Champions Cup, between Exeter Chiefs and Clermont Auvergne at Sandy Park.Former teammate Ronan O’Gara, now a coach at Racing 92, posted a tribute to his friend on Sunday night, saying on twitter that he was an ‘incredible man’.Alone on the couch with Jess.Heartbroken.We have lost an incredible man. Too sad to tweet further.. sleep well Axel. We love you..xxx— Ronan O Gara (@RonanOGara10) October 16, 2016Some highlights of Foley in action over the years, with RTE’s Joe Stack reflecting on his careerJoe Stack reflects on the decorated career of Anthony Foley https://t.co/jcGdKIG0mG— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) October 16, 2016Sky Sports spoke to Paul Wallace shortly after the tragic news broke. Wallace said that Foley was ‘universally loved’.Scrumhalf Peter Stringer said that Foley was his ‘protector’ on the field.Feeling numb and alone with only thoughts of this remarkable man.My protector on the field,I will miss you forever Axel.RIP— Peter Stringer (@stringer9) October 16, 2016Foley is survived by his wife Olive and their two children. Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs have confirmed that they are providing consular assistance through Ireland’s Embassy in Paris.Rest in Peace, Axel.credit: conor ryan/bucks one/skysports/rteADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more