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Brian O’Driscoll pays touching tribute to Munster rugby coach and former Ireland star Anthony Foley

The Munster coach passed away suddenly last night.

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Brian O’Driscoll has paid tribute to Munster rugby coach and former Ireland star Anthony Foley, after he passed away last night in Paris.

The 43-year-old died suddenly last at a hotel he was staying at ahead of Munster’s match against Racing 92 team at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir, that was due to take place today.

Brian, who was both a rugby rival and close pal of the rugby coach, took to Twitter to express his shock and share his condolences with Anthony’s family.

He wrote, “Can’t quite believe it. So incredibly sad. My thoughts are with Olive, his boys & his extended family.”

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The IRFU confirmed the sad news of Anthony’s passing in a statement today.

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

“Munster Rugby management are liaising directly with Anthony’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 and to support players, management and staff, Muster Rugby have requested that today’s 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.”

Our thoughts our with Anthony’s family at this difficult time.

 

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