Munster-Glasgow to go ahead despite Foley death


Munster's European Champions Cup match against Glasgow Warriors will go ahead despite the death of head coach Anthony Foley last weekend.

Foley, 42, died at the Pro12 team's hotel in Paris as they prepared to take on Top 14 champions Racing 92, with the match consequently postponed.

On Tuesday, the results of an autopsy showed the former Ireland international suffered from an acute pulmonary edema, caused by a heart rhythm disorder.

However, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has confirmed Munster's meeting with Glasgow scheduled for Saturday at Thomond Park will take place as planned.

A statement from the Irish province's director of rugby Rassie Erasmus read: "One's life is greater than any sport or sporting occasion, however Thomond Park held a special place in Axel's [Foley's] heart, and as difficult as it will be to play the next game, no matter the time, opposition and venue, we have an opportunity to play there this Saturday; that is something that is hugely important to all of us and cannot be easily dismissed.

"Playing in Thomond Park further ties us to his memory and will be a chance for all, including our supporters and the community, to feel that connection and closeness to him at this time."

EPCR has requested that a minute of silence or applause in Foley's memory be observed at all Champions Cup and European Challenge Cup matchday two fixtures.