Anthony Foley and Paul O’Connell pictured after Munster’s Heineken Cup semi-final victory over Leinster at Lansdowne Road in April 2006. Foley went on to lift the trophy in Cardiff as Munster beat Biarritz at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

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