The sudden and tragic passing of Ireland and Munster rugby legend Anthony Foley in October struck a chord with many in the sporting world, and two months on the tributes continue to pour in.
At 42, Foley was finally beginning to see the fruits of his labour with his beloved Munster. As head coach, he had toiled with a squad of players that had changed radically over the previous couple of seasons.
This term things had begun to click and as they travelled to Paris that fateful weekend for their Champions Cup clash with Racing 92, Foley’s men boasted a 6-1 record. The famous red jersey was once again a force to be reckoned with.
The loss of Foley prompted incredible tributes during the recent November test series. From that spine tingling figure 8, mapped out by Ireland when they faced down the New Zealand haka in Chicago, to the the heart-wrenching presentation of a Maori All Blacks jersey to Foley’s children in Thomond Park, the rugby world has paid due deference to a legend of the game and an absolute gentleman.
Now, with the end of the year upon us, RTÉ has inducted Foley into its Sport Hall of Fame and at the Sportsperson of the Year awards at the weekend, this incredible and moving tribute to the man from Killaloe was released.
Take a look. It truly is lump in the throat stuff.
Munster and Ireland great Anthony Foley was remembered as he was inducted into the RTÉ Sport Hall of Fame. https://t.co/Kh1hSm4Qp1
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) December 17, 2016
A true legend. Rest in peace.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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