Rugby legend Anthony Foley dies suddenly in France

Rugby legend Anthony Foley dies suddenly in France


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Anthony ‘Axle’ Foley

1973 – 2016

  • Ireland 1995-2005 – 62 caps (25 points)
  • Munster 1995-2008 – 202 caps (195 points)
  • Captained Munster – 58 times
  • Captain of Heineken Cup winning team in 2006

Munster head coach Anthony Foley has died suddenly in France.

The 42-year-old former Ireland and Munster rugby hero was in Paris with the Munster team for their opening European Champions Cup clash with Racing Metro this afternoon.

Following several hours of speculation earlier today, the IRFU has now confirmed: “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. “

“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,” a statement said.

As a mark of respect to Anthony and his family and 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 spokesman said.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.