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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby jezzer » October 21st, 2016, 8:46 am

RnR wrote:http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/37710942


Took the English to write the best tribute piece to the man. Excellent stuff.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby Hippo » October 21st, 2016, 9:30 am

I'm amazed that the game is going ahead. It's an extraordinary occasion for both teams, Glasgow must be in quite a strange place as well.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby Fireworks » October 21st, 2016, 10:07 am

I am of his generation and also have a young family and have friends in the same place in life. This is a time for looking forward to your kids futures not a time to die. It puts daily worries and stresses in context.

My thoughts are with his family.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby riocard911 » October 21st, 2016, 11:09 am

RO'G in his column in today's Examiner:



"We will get through Killaloe because Munster's knees don't buckle. They'll stand firm. Tomorrow at Thomond Park, Munster and Glasgow heads will be all over the place. The players will be emotionally drained because it's too much for any human to be able to park what's happened.

You can't do that. But what we will see is the crowd at Thomond Park carrying the Munster team. There is only one man who could trigger the tsunami of emotion we are bracing ourselves for, and that is Axel, because that ground hasn't been full in a few years, and there's one reason it'll be full tomorrow - to go and respect Axel. That's why I'm going."

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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby jezzer » October 21st, 2016, 6:22 pm

Spare a thought for poor Strings playing tonight against Toulon. Wouldn't have been able to make the funeral of his teammate and friend and has to play a huge match.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby simonokeeffe » October 21st, 2016, 6:35 pm

jezzer wrote:Spare a thought for poor Strings playing tonight against Toulon. Wouldn't have been able to make the funeral of his teammate and friend and has to play a huge match.


even allowing for Philips being injured seems unfair, he was actually at the funeral apparently so making him fly back to start the match let alone bench seems even more unfair
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby Dave Cahill » October 21st, 2016, 6:41 pm

In fairness to Sale, and taking Peter Stringers legendary professionalism into account, I wouldn't be surprised if this was his choice and decision.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby simonokeeffe » October 21st, 2016, 7:05 pm

Dave Cahill wrote:In fairness to Sale, and taking Peter Stringers legendary professionalism into account, I wouldn't be surprised if this was his choice and decision.


that is true, some mental fortitude to do so if thats the case
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby Fan with smartphone » October 21st, 2016, 7:23 pm

Feel like I have to write something on here before being able to look at a game again. Foley represented the best of munster and while he could handle that limelight, he never hogged it. He gave as much and looked as comfortable whether he was wearing the Shannon jersey or the Ireland one and he was Mick Galwey's successor as Munster's godfather. Peter Stringer described him as his "protector." It made me think of when there was a great moment last week where Joey Carberry came slaloming through with big sidesteps and Mike Ross was following sidestep for sidestep, ready to clear out and look after him. He wore an expression of an exasperated parent desperately trying to keep an eye on his kids, whilst letting them have some fun. It reminded me hugely of Foley. He did so much of that to allow others to shine, but when it needed someone to control the ball over the line, he was as reliable as you could get. You couldn't get a more quintessential munster homebird and yet he was known worldwide. This week has shown that. To lose such a hard and fair and decent man is beyond brutal. Grief is total and for all the good he brought to be thankful for, all that can be seen at the moment is the good that has been lost. Condolences to his beautiful family and his friends and good luck to munster as they try to do justice to the goodness that he brought to them.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby riocard911 » October 21st, 2016, 7:36 pm

Fan with smartphone wrote:Feel like I have to write something on here before being able to look at a game again. Foley represented the best of munster and while he could handle that limelight, he never hogged it. He gave as much and looked as comfortable whether he was wearing the Shannon jersey or the Ireland one and he was Mick Galwey's successor as Munster's godfather. Peter Stringer described him as his "protector." It made me think of when there was a great moment last week where Joey Carberry came slaloming through with big sidesteps and Mike Ross was following sidestep for sidestep, ready to clear out and look after him. He wore an expression of an exasperated parent desperately trying to keep an eye on his kids, whilst letting them have some fun. It reminded me hugely of Foley. He did so much of that to allow others to shine, but when it needed someone to control the ball over the line, he was as reliable as you could get. You couldn't get a more quintessential munster homebird and yet he was known worldwide. This week has shown that. To lose such a hard and fair and decent man is beyond brutal. Grief is total and for all the good he brought to be thankful for, all that can be seen at the moment is the good that has been lost. Condolences to his beautiful family and his friends and good luck to munster as they try to do justice to the goodness that he brought to them.


Well said! :happy clapper:
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby kermischocolate » October 21st, 2016, 7:39 pm

simonokeeffe wrote:
jezzer wrote:Spare a thought for poor Strings playing tonight against Toulon. Wouldn't have been able to make the funeral of his teammate and friend and has to play a huge match.


even allowing for Philips being injured seems unfair, he was actually at the funeral apparently so making him fly back to start the match let alone bench seems even more unfair


Thought I was hearing things when they were discussing this in the pre game blurb. Don't really know what to say about it.

See the Glasgow squad have visited the tributes at Thomond Park and laid a wreath today. I wonder if there's any significance that Kenny Dalglish seems to have been at Scotstoun this week. If anyone can provide some insight into sport and emotion I'm sure he can. As the opposition Glasgow really are in a difficult position tomorrow.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby fourthirtythree » October 21st, 2016, 7:53 pm

Yeah, it is difficult for Glasgow but respect demands that they give it their all. I'm sure everyone on both sides are agreed on that one.

Massive respect for Stringer here, a few players in recent times showing the kind of strength it takes. Special people.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby Dave Cahill » October 21st, 2016, 8:17 pm

Steve Diamond in a prematch interview tonight said that Stringer was adamant that he wanted to play tonight, so Sale's owner put a private plane on for him
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby blockhead » October 21st, 2016, 8:43 pm

Stringer playing well too!
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby Peg Leg » October 21st, 2016, 10:52 pm

jezzer wrote:Spare a thought for poor Strings playing tonight against Toulon. Wouldn't have been able to make the funeral of his teammate and friend and has to play a huge match.

Thought the same for O'Leary
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby Peg Leg » October 21st, 2016, 10:57 pm

Fan with smartphone wrote:Feel like I have to write something on here before being able to look at a game again. Foley represented the best of munster and while he could handle that limelight, he never hogged it. He gave as much and looked as comfortable whether he was wearing the Shannon jersey or the Ireland one and he was Mick Galwey's successor as Munster's godfather. Peter Stringer described him as his "protector." It made me think of when there was a great moment last week where Joey Carberry came slaloming through with big sidesteps and Mike Ross was following sidestep for sidestep, ready to clear out and look after him. He wore an expression of an exasperated parent desperately trying to keep an eye on his kids, whilst letting them have some fun. It reminded me hugely of Foley. He did so much of that to allow others to shine, but when it needed someone to control the ball over the line, he was as reliable as you could get. You couldn't get a more quintessential munster homebird and yet he was known worldwide. This week has shown that. To lose such a hard and fair and decent man is beyond brutal. Grief is total and for all the good he brought to be thankful for, all that can be seen at the moment is the good that has been lost. Condolences to his beautiful family and his friends and good luck to munster as they try to do justice to the goodness that he brought to them.

That's a lovely post. Had a look back at the match on Wednesday and copped Ross blowing hard behind him.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby Cianostays » October 21st, 2016, 11:17 pm

Dave Cahill wrote:Steve Diamond in a prematch interview tonight said that Stringer was adamant that he wanted to play tonight, so Sale's owner put a private plane on for him


That's extraordinary in the most wonderful way :clap:
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby simonokeeffe » October 22nd, 2016, 8:42 am

Cianostays wrote:
Dave Cahill wrote:Steve Diamond in a prematch interview tonight said that Stringer was adamant that he wanted to play tonight, so Sale's owner put a private plane on for him


That's extraordinary in the most wonderful way :clap:


Have to agree with that
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby bonzo » October 22nd, 2016, 10:24 am

Thinking about lasting tributes... What about replacing Ireland's Call with There Is An Isle as the Irish rugby anthem?

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Re: Anthony Foley RIP

Postby curates_egg » October 22nd, 2016, 11:05 am

bonzo wrote:Thinking about lasting tributes... What about replacing Ireland's Call with There Is An Isle as the Irish rugby anthem?

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I'd rather replace Amhrann na bhFiann with something to be honest. It is musically and lyrically horrible and has no meaning for the Ireland of today.
There is an Isle certainly has better lyrics than it (or Ireland's Call), it could do with a bit of sprucing up musically though. Maybe I'm prejudiced from my youth, listening to aul fellas with a few too many pints drawling it out at Shannon games though.

It really is pretty moving to see the response of the rugby community around the world to Axel's passing. I can't remember an equivalent.
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