RUGBY: Munster game to go ahead day after Anthony Foley’s funeral

Anthony Foley.
Anthony Foley.

Munster Rugby will go ahead with their next game this weekend following the sudden death of Head Coach Anthony Foley.

Director of ugby Rassie Erasmus revealed the decision has been taken to play in Thomond Park, Limerick, the day after the Irish rugby great’s funeral.

Foley, 42, was found dead in the team hotel on Sunday hours before Munster were to play Racing 92 in Paris in the European Champions Cup.

The province will play Glasgow on Saturday in Limerick.

“We don’t want to miss this opportunity for him,” Erasmus said. “It’s a tough choice. It’s not easy either way, but we don’t want to miss this opportunity.”

A funeral Mass for Foley takes place in St Flannan’s Church in his home town of Killaloe, Co Clare, on Friday.

Foley died from a build up of fluid on his lungs as a result of heart disease.

Ireland and Munster back row Peter O’Mahony broke down as he tried to put into words what the late coach meant to him and the club.

He recalled Foley being as happy with the narrow win in his first game as a 60-point victory.

“He was a man that wanted a Munster jersey win,” he said.

“I’m not going to do him justice here. It’s all the words I can say, to be honest.”