Mun­ster hon­ors rugby coach Fo­ley with pre-match trib­ute, win

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

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.

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