'Death opens your eyes' - Murray reflects on passing of mentor Foley

Munster scrum-half Conor Murray revealed that the death of his coach and mentor Anthony Foley had a "profound impact" on him.

Foley, 42, passed away in Paris in October after suffering from an acute pulmonary oedema while Munster were on European Champions Cup duty.

The Irish province were preparing for their first match of the campaign against Racing 92, and two months on Murray still finds himself struggling with the loss.

Foley played a huge role in Murray's life, having been idolised by the scrum-half before going on to coach him.

And Foley, often known as Axel, is still inspiring the 27-year-old Ireland international over two months on from his death.

"Death really opens your eyes," he told The Guardian.

"When you lose someone, you go: 'Let's really take life for what it is and enjoy every day.' After a while you forget and just go back to worrying about things.

"But Axel's been dead more than two months and it's still there for me. Little things don't stress me anymore. It's had a profound impact and you learn new things.

"When death happens you can usually process it. But with Axel I feel he should be here. For a couple of weeks there was so much attention on his death, and an outpouring of sympathy. It was beautiful.

"But now everyone is carrying on - which is strange, but natural. Axel would want us to carry on. He continues to inspire us."

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