Foley remembered ahead of Munster victory


Munster paid tribute to late head coach Anthony Foley on Saturday ahead of a 38-17 European Champions Cup victory over Glasgow Warriors on an emotional afternoon at Thomond Park.

Foley, 42, was found dead at the Munster team hotel in Paris last weekend ahead of the Irish province's European 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.

Legends of the Irish game joined family and friends for Foley's funeral in his hometown of Killaloe on Friday, before Munster's emotionally charged return to action the following day.

Players were given a standing ovation as they left the field following their warm-up, while Munster anthem Stand Up and Fight and There is an Isle were performed ahead of kick-off.

During a minute's silence, fans in Thomond Park's West Stand displayed a mosaic forming Foley's 'Axel' nickname and the number eight - a shirt that was temporarily retired for the Glasgow clash.

Munster played for just over an hour with 14 men after Keith Earls was shown a red card for a tip tackle on Jerome Garces, but Tyler Bleyendaal scored one of five tries for the hosts and 11 points with the boot to consign Glasgow to defeat.