Munster honors rugby coach Foley with pre-match tribute, win
Munster honored Anthony Foley with an emotional pre-match tribute and a spirited rugby win with 14 men on Saturday, 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 play at its Thomond Park ground. The 42-year-old Foley, a Munster great who represented Ireland 62 times, was found dead in a Paris hotel ahead of a match.
An autopsy showed he died from fluid in the lungs caused by a heart condition. No. 8 — Foley’s number as a player — was retired for the game, with C.J. Stander wearing No. 24 instead. There was a minute of silence before the match.
Before kickoff, spectators in one of the stands held up placards that spelled out Foley’s nickname, “Axel,” along with the No. 8 jersey that he wore with such distinction for Munster and Ireland.