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Peter O'Mahony breaks down as he speaks about Anthony Foley

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Peter O'Mahony (left) and Rassie Erasmus speak to the press for the first time since the tragic death of Anthony Foley (Image via Independent.ie)
Peter O'Mahony (left) and Rassie Erasmus speak to the press for the first time since the tragic death of Anthony Foley (Image via Independent.ie)

Ireland and Munster back row Peter O'Mahony broke down as he tried to put into words what the late coach meant to him and the club.

He recalled Anthony Foley being as happy with the narrow win in his first game as a 60-point victory.

"He was a man that wanted a Munster jersey win," he said.

"I'm not going to do him justice here. It's all the words I can say, to be honest."

Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus revealed the decision has been taken to take to the pitch in Thomond Park the day after the Irish rugby great's funeral to play Glasgow on Saturday.

Foley, 42, was found dead in the team hotel on Sunday hours before Munster were to play Racing 92 in Paris in the European Champions Cup.

"We don't want to miss this opportunity for him," Erasmus said. "It's a tough choice. It's not easy either way, but we don't want to miss this opportunity."

A funeral Mass for Foley takes place in St Flannan's Church in his home town of Killaloe, Co Clare, on Friday.

Foley died from a build up of fluid on his lungs as a result of heart disease.