Beautiful tributes as body of rugby hero Anthony Foley arrives home
The body of Anthony Foley was brought to Thomond Park in Limerick for a final farewell
Players, staff, and fans lined the streets during the emotional homecoming
Foley died suddenly in the team hotel in Paris
Players, staff and fans of Munster Rugby have held an emotional homecoming for Irish rugby great Anthony Foley who died last weekend.
The 42-year-old died suddenly in the team hotel in Paris, just hours before his side were due to play Racing 92 in the European Champions Cup.
After his body was flown in from France, a hearse made the slow journey to the heart of Munster Rugby before travelling to his home town, Killaloe, Co Clare, where he will be laid to rest tomorrow.
Munster Rugby announced they will go ahead with their next game this weekend, against Glasgow Warriors, less than 24 hours after Foley’s funeral.
Foley died from a build-up of fluid on his lungs as a result of heart disease.
Munster captain Peter O’Mahony broke down as he tried to put into words what the late coach meant to him.
He said: “The amount that we have lost now that he has gone is incredible – the rugby knowledge and brain, the man and the friend and coach and brother that we have lost.”
Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said: “It’s difficult. I know the players had so much respect for him that they are trying to get on with it, trying to do the job the way we think and know Anthony would want us to go on with the match.”