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.
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
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. “
Distraught at the tragic news of Anthony Foley,great friend,teammate & legend.Super form last weekend at Mick Galwey's 50th.Incomprehensible pic.twitter.com/lpnGMvnN2x
— Frankie Sheahan (@FrankieSheahan) October 16, 2016
“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.
Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Anthony Foley who passed away last night at the age of 42. pic.twitter.com/WB3G4QlboC
— EatSleepRugby (@eatsleeprugby) October 16, 2016