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BREAKING: Munster head coach Anthony Foley found dead at team hotel in Paris

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
BREAKING: Munster head coach Anthony Foley found dead at team hotel in Paris

Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley has passed away aged 42.

He died overnight in Paris ahead of today’s Champions Cup fixture between Munster and Racing 92.

“It is with deep regret that the Irish Rugby Football Union and Munster Rugby must advise of the passing overnight of Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley, at the team hotel in Paris,” an official statement reads.

“Munster Rugby management are liaising directly with Anthony's family and will provide them with any assistance and support required.

“The IRFU and Munster Rugby pass on our deepest sympathies to all of Anthony's family and friends and ask for privacy for the family at this sad time."

They have also confirmed that today’s match will be rescheduled as a result.

The Limerick native won four AIL titles in the mid-90s and made his first appearance for Munster against Swansea in November 1995 in the province’s first outing in the Heineken Cup.

Foley played for Ireland 62 times, captaining his country on three occasions. He also led Munster to their first European Cup victory in 2006. In all, he made 86 appearances in European competition for his province before taking over as Head Coach in 2014.

European Professional Club Rugby chairman Simon Halliday said: “On behalf of EPCR, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Anthony’s family and to everyone associated with Munster and Irish rugby. He was a magnificent player and a superb coach and he will be sorely missed.”