Mun­ster to re­turn to ac­tion af­ter coach Fo­ley’s death

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LIM­ER­ICK: Mun­ster will play its first rugby game since the sud­den death of coach An­thony Fo­ley when the Ir­ish prov­ince takes on Glas­gow in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup on Satur­day.

Fo­ley, who was 42, was found dead in the early hours of Sun­day in a Paris ho­tel, ahead of a match against Rac­ing 92 in the French cap­i­tal that day. The match was can­celed.

The pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice in Nan­terre, a sub­urb of Paris, told The As­so­ci­ated Press yes­ter­day that post-mortem tests on Fo­ley showed “a heart­beat dis­or­der prob­a­bly led to fluid buildup in his lungs.” Fo­ley’s fu­neral will be on Fri­day in his home­town of Kil­laloe, and Mun­ster will re­turn to ac­tion the fol­low­ing day at its Thomond Park ground. “As dif­fi­cult as it will be to play the next game, no mat­ter the time, the op­po­si­tion or the venue, we have an op­por­tu­nity to play there this Satur­day,” Mun­ster di­rec­tor of rugby Rassie Eras­mus said yes­ter­day. “That’s some­thing that’s hugely im­por­tant to all of us.

“He would never want us to say that the game is se­condary - it’s just not the man he was but it will be. It’s all about An­thony, now, and this week­end, and will be for a long time.” Eras­mus said Mun­ster’s play­ers “had so much re­spect for him that they are trying to get on with it,” ad­ding: “That’s what drives us and makes us com­mit­ted to get a proper per­for­mance out there.” Ire­land and Mun­ster flanker Peter O’Mahony broke down as he tried to put into words what the late coach meant to him and the club. “He was a man that wanted a Mun­ster jer­sey win,” O’Mahony said. “I’m not go­ing to do him jus­tice here. It’s all the words I can say, to be hon­est.” Fo­ley was a Mun­ster great who rep­re­sented Ire­land 62 times.

Glas­gow coach Gre­gor Townsend said Satur­day’s match “is an oc­ca­sion to re­mem­ber An­thony ... a chance for ev­ery­one to show re­spect for what a great man he was.” The Nan­terre pros­e­cu­tor said fur­ther tox­i­co­log­i­cal anal­y­sis has been or­dered, in ac­cor­dance with clas­sic pro­ce­dures, and that there was no sign of a break-in at his ho­tel room or of any le­sions on his body. Fo­ley’s re­mains were be­ing flown back to Ire­land and taken to the fam­ily home in Kil­laloe. — AP

File photo shows Keith Earls of Mun­ster takes on Sere­maia Bai dur­ing a match. Mun­ster will play its first rugby game since the sud­den death of coach An­thony Fo­ley.

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