Munster braced for emotional week

Date published: January 2 2017

Memories of Anthony Foley will be at the forefront of Munster's preparation this week when they travel back to Paris to face Racing 92 in the Champions Cup.

Foley passed away overnight at the team hotel in Paris and was found on the Sunday morning of the match in October, causing the fixture to be postponed to a later date.

"He’s every week in our thoughts," Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus told

"We’re building gameplans and sometimes targets around Axel. Next week will be an emotional week, but we’ve had a few emotional weeks so hopefully we’ll be able to channel it in the right direction."

Munster did well to manage their Ireland internationals during the Christmas period and while Ireland will have a mini-camp this week, Erasmus will have his entire squad to his disposal.

"It’s always been like this since I got here in June, Joe phoned us and said those are the games that you must manage the players," he said.

"They are also supporting the Irish teams in the year of the European Cup. They want the players just fresh when they get to Test match rugby and it’s the same for the other provinces.

"I will have a good look at individual performances (from the win over Connacht). The toughest thing is to break continuity and combinations, but then if a guy really plays so well and is knocking down the door it would be stupid not to give a guy like that a chance. Currently as coaches, we are playing with a few ideas in our head. There are guys that performed so well that you can’t ignore them, but on the other hand: for the other guys it’s one big game."