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Anthony Foley RIP

Postby COYBIB » October 16th, 2016, 4:47 pm

http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/38284.php#.WAOfersX7IU

I know this isn't strictly a Leinster related topic, but I think given the magnitude of this morning’s development and for higher visibility, it would be appropriate to open a "book of condolences" in the main forum for us to express our condolences to the family of Anthony Foley, his close friends and the Munster and Irish rugby family as a whole.

I think it's fair to say that the Foley name is held amongst the highest regard in both Munster and Irish rugby, his father was part of the Munster team who achieved that famous win over the All Blacks, and Anthony of course captained Munster to their first European Crown in 2006.

Much like the sad passing of Nevin Spence in 2012, these are untimely reminders of how fragile life can be and puts into a wider context the bond we all share as fans at a time like this, when rugby seems so irrelevant in the shadow of a real tragedy.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby larock » October 16th, 2016, 5:55 pm

So very sad to hear of Anthony Axel Foley untimely passing.
On behalf of my fellow 4 season ticket holders and rugby and Ireland supports we
Send our condolences to his family and to all Munster fans.
He was some man for one man.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby hope not expectation » October 16th, 2016, 7:44 pm

I was really shocked to hear the news. His love of Munster Rugby was plain to see. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends and condolances to all fans of Munster Rugby
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby wixfjord » October 16th, 2016, 7:52 pm

Utterly, utterly shocking news.
I literally couldn't believe it when I heard today. Such a young age to go at too.

I can only imagine what his family and friends are going through. A man who gave his all for every side he played for, and that's something that only deserves respect. Some brilliant tributes on Newstalk today.
RIP.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby blockhead » October 16th, 2016, 8:03 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4nquDK5oFs

Still cant quite believe it. RIP Axel.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby artaneboy » October 16th, 2016, 8:09 pm

Very sad for all involved in Irish rugby- particularly for Munster Rugby and its fans. A shock to all in the world of rugby- where his personification of Munster was universally recognised and much admired. Tragic beyond words for his wife, children, family and close friends.

Rest in peace Anthony.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby Donny B. » October 16th, 2016, 8:12 pm

A huge loss to Munster and all of Irish rugby. One of the smartest players I've ever seen, his natural rugby intelligence was simply awesome. By all accounts a very decent man too.

RIP.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby Oldschoolsocks » October 16th, 2016, 8:18 pm

A sad, sad day for Ireland. A young man with a young family, my thoughts and condolences go to his family.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby Icarus » October 16th, 2016, 8:26 pm

A sad loss. He will be sorely missed. Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam dilis.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby FLIP » October 16th, 2016, 8:47 pm

blockhead wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4nquDK5oFs

Still cant quite believe it. RIP Axel.
Here's a good memory from 2004 for Ireland.


He was at 8 for the Ireland side which was the first to beat England after the 2003 world cup, which I feel took rugby more into the Irish publics view. A great memory.

A sad loss for his family, condolences and thoughts with them.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby Ruckedtobits » October 16th, 2016, 8:52 pm

A man whose DNA is now part of Shannon, Munster and Irish rugby. Rest in peace Axel
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby Peg Leg » October 16th, 2016, 9:08 pm

Very sad. RIP
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby nc6000 » October 16th, 2016, 9:19 pm

I was watching the Ulster game and got quite a shock when they came back from the break and his picture was on the screen with 1973-2016 underneath it. Just goes to show how trivial any sporting rivalries are.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby Peg Leg » October 16th, 2016, 10:13 pm

nc6000 wrote:I was watching the Ulster game and got quite a shock when they came back from the break and his picture was on the screen with 1973-2016 underneath it. Just goes to show how trivial any sporting rivalries are.

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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby MrSensible » October 16th, 2016, 10:20 pm

An absolute gentleman. So Sad. Condolences to his family & Munster Rugby
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby suisse » October 16th, 2016, 10:21 pm

Peg Leg wrote:
nc6000 wrote:I was watching the Ulster game and got quite a shock when they came back from the break and his picture was on the screen with 1973-2016 underneath it. Just goes to show how trivial any sporting rivalries are.

+1


Yeah it was really weird. I remember them very, very briefly going back to the studio at the end of the first half. There was a surreal way the presewnter closed the show before the break and then almost immediately the news alert from Newstalk flashed across the screen.

Shocking news. very hard to find the right thing to say.

Foley's hands here for Wood's try for England.

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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby Pendragon » October 16th, 2016, 10:41 pm

Everybody is shocked and saddened. It is always tragic when someone so young with children passes. No matter what they did for a living. He was a genuine hard but fair man. A real rugby man. RIP Anthony
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby Cianostays » October 16th, 2016, 10:44 pm

Just so surreal and sad. 42 years old ffs. His poor family. Condolences to his family and friends.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby FourMasters » October 16th, 2016, 11:46 pm

Turned on the radio to get the build-up to the Munster match, to hear Donal Lenihan mid-sentence having difficulty speaking about a deep loss to Munster rugby. At first I thought it must be an older official or ex-player, blood ran cold when the name "Anthony" came into his words. I'll usually follow all the results of a European cup weekend with interest, lost all interest today.
Heart goes out to Anthony Foley's young family, and of course to all Munster supporters.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » October 16th, 2016, 11:49 pm

nc6000 wrote:I was watching the Ulster game and got quite a shock when they came back from the break and his picture was on the screen with 1973-2016 underneath it. Just goes to show how trivial any sporting rivalries are.


I was so shocked that initially I couldn't actually make sense of the dates on the TV. I thought they were talking about great European players and had the dates of his career up or something and honestly thought "that couldn't be right...2016 is this year". Just so hard to believe, still hasn't sunk in now and I never met the guy, can't begin to imagine how his family feels.
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