Mun­ster hon­ors dead coach with pre-match trib­ute

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With an emo­tional pre-match trib­ute and a spir­ited win with 14 men, Mun­ster did all it could Satur­day to honor An­thony Fo­ley a week af­ter the sud­den death of its pop­u­lar coach. Mun­ster beat Glas­gow 38-17 in a Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup game as the Ir­ish rugby prov­ince re­turned to ac­tion at its Thomond Park ground, six days af­ter Fo­ley died from fluid in the lungs caused by a heart con­di­tion. He was 42. De­ter­mined to honor their coach with a vic­tory, Mun­ster’s play­ers pro­duced a gutsy per­for­mance in tough cir­cum­stances - and wasn’t trou­bled by loss of winger Keith Earls to a red card mid­way in the 19th minute be­cause of a tip tackle. No. 8 - Fo­ley’s num­ber as a player - was re­tired for the game, with C.J. Stander wear­ing No. 24 in­stead. Be­fore kick­off, spec­ta­tors in one of the stands held up plac­ards which spelt out Fo­ley’s nick­name, “Axel,” along with the No. 8 jer­sey that he wore with such dis­tinc­tion for Mun­ster and Ire­land. All of the Mun­ster play­ers’ jer­seys had “AXEL” sewn on un­der the club crest.—AP

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