Tributes pour in on social media following Anthony Foley’s death
Foley’s former school – St Munchin’s College – among those remembering the back-row
Munster captain Anthony Foley (L) and manager Alan Gaffney celebrate with the Celtic Cup after beating Llanelli Scarlets in 2005. Munster head coach Anthony Foley has died at the team hotel in Paris, the Irish club have announced. Photo: Haydn West/PA Wire
A veteran of Irish and Munster rugby, Foley played for Ireland 62 times, captaining his country on three occasions. He also led Munster to their first European Cup victory in 2006. In all, he made 86 appearances in European competition for his province before taking over as Head Coach in 2014.
Munster’s Champions Cup opening game against Racing 92, which was due to take place at 3.15 this afternoon, has been cancelled.
Fans, pundits and former players have been playing tribute to the former Ireland captain on social media.
Here at Offaly Senior Football Final & the whole crowd are like myself, shocked & deeply saddened to hear of the death of Anthony Foley. RIP— Michael Duignan (@DuignanMichael) October 16, 2016
A truly sad day for rugby fans everywhere. RIP Anthony Foley pic.twitter.com/g9bLlmqPA0— Sportsfile (@sportsfile) October 16, 2016
Due to the tragic passing in Paris of @MunsterRugby Head Coach and former captain, Anthony Foley, today's Round 1 match has been postponed— Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) October 16, 2016
The Racing 92 vs Munster game today in Paris has been postponed after the sad news of Anthony Foley's passing pic.twitter.com/Wq1l8rDarA— Sportsfile (@sportsfile) October 16, 2016
Sadness clouding Munster Rugby in Paris pic.twitter.com/jitXKFXTJn— Sportsfile (@sportsfile) October 16, 2016
On those early mythical Munster European days he was the mythical man at its heart. He was also a top top bloke. His poor family. #RIPAxel— Ryle Nugent (@RyleNugentRTE) October 16, 2016
We're absolutely devastated to hear of the passing of Anthony Foley. Our thoughts&prayers are with his wife Olive,his children& his family— Shannon RFC (@shannonrfc) October 16, 2016
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
Donal Lenihan so eloquent on sky. Mentioned memories of Anthony Foley as a boy in the Munster dressing room when his Dad played. So sad. RIP— Second Captains (@SecondCaptains) October 16, 2016
We are all shocked and saddened by the passing of the great Anthony Foley. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP. pic.twitter.com/leTM5C6roH— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) October 16, 2016
Very sad & shocking news hearing about Anthony Foley today #RIP— sonia osullivan (@soniaagrith) October 16, 2016
Shocked by tragic news of Anthony Foley. All at World Rugby send our heart felt condolences and thoughts to family,friends and @Munsterrugby— Brett Gosper (@brettgosper) October 16, 2016
Can't quite believe it. So incredibly sad. My thoughts are with Olive, his boys & and his extended family. https://t.co/rslxzyC85T— Brian O'Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) October 16, 2016