Sudden passing of Anthony Foley

Date published: October 16 2016

Munster have announced that head coach Anthony Foley has passed away overnight at the team hotel in Paris.

In a statement from the Irish Rugby Football Union and Munster, the news broke on Sunday less than two hours before the Irish province was scheduled to take on Racing 92. The game has now been postponed.

"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," read the statement.

"Munster Rugby management are liaising directly with Anthony's family and will provide them with any assistance and support required.

"Thr 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.

"As a mark of respect to Anthony and his family and and to support players, management and staff, Munster 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."

A legend 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 triumph in 2006. In all, he made 86 appearances in European competition for his province before taking over as head coach in 2014.