The IRFU has confirmed the sudden passing of Munster head coach Anthony Foley. RIP
The 42-year-old passed away overnight in Paris ahead of today’s Champions Cup fixture between Munster and Racing 92. “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,” the official statement 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." They have also confirmed that today’s match will be rescheduled as a result.
The Limerick native won four AIL titles on the trot in the mid-90s and made his first appearance for Munster against Swansea in November 1995 in the province’s first outing in the Heineken Cup. In a Munster career that spanned 13 years, Foley made 202 appearances and took over from Mick Galwey as team captain. He led the province to the the long-awaited Heineken Cup victory in 2006 and announced his retirement following their second sucess in the competition two years later.
Foley made his international debut for Ireland in 1995 and won 62 caps in a career that spanned a decade. RIP.