Funeral held for Munster head coach Foley

The funeral of former Munster head coach Anthony Foley was held in his hometown of Killaloe, Ireland, on Friday.

Foley, 42, was found dead at the Munster team hotel in Paris last weekend ahead of the Irish province's European Champions Cup opener against Racing 92, which was consequently postponed.

The death of the 62-cap Ireland international, caused by a build-up of fluid in his lungs due to a heart condition, prompted an outpouring of grief from around the rugby community.

And hundreds of mourners, including Ireland greats Paul O'Connell, Ronan O'Gara and Brian O'Driscoll, attended St Flannan's Church to pay their respects to Foley, who is survived by his widow Olive and sons Tony and Dan.

Father Pat Malone said: "Anthony 'Axel' Foley made many a mark in his 42 short years of life. 

"Just look around and see; the indelible, warm, affirming marks he left in family, friends, colleagues, sports fans, this local community, rugby wherever it is spoken."

Munster return to action when they take on Glasgow Warriors - whose coach Gregor Townsend attended the funeral - at Thomond Park on Saturday, with a series of tributes scheduled to take place ahead of kick-off.

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