Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley dies suddenly in Paris
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Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley dies suddenly in Paris

MUNSTER Rugby head coach Anthony Foley has passed away suddenly in Paris.

Foley died at the hotel where he and the Munster squad were staying ahead of today’s European Champions Cup game with Racing 92.

The game has been postponed at the request of Munster out of respect for Foley’s family and colleagues.

Foley, who made 202 appearances for Munster during his career, would have turned 43 in two weeks’ time.

A statement from the IRFU announced: “It is with deep regret that the Irish Rugby Football Union and Munster Rugby must advise of the passing overnight of Munster head coach Anthony Foley, at the team hotel in Paris.

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

“The 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 to support players, management and staff, Muster Rugby have requested that today's European Champions Cup 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. “

Foley made a try-scoring debut for Ireland in 1995 against England at Lansdowne Road.

The former back-row moved into coaching with Munster in 2011 as forwards coach, and temporarily held the same position with Ireland during the 2012 Six nations Championship.

He succeeded Rob Penney as Munster head coach in 2014.

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