MUNSTER’S CHAMPIONS CUP clash with Glasgow Warriors will go ahead as scheduled in Thomond Park this Saturday.
As EPCR statement this Wednesday confirmed the decision was made after consultation with the province’s management.
This Wednesday lunchtime 17,500 tickets were sold for what will be an emotional occasion for players, officials and supporters – the 1pm kick-off will be just 24 hours after the Friday funeral of Anthony Foley.
Tournament organisers have requested that a minute’s silence or minute’s applause be observed in Foley’s memory at all games in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup this weekend.
Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus and captain Peter O’Mahony addressed the media in Limerick today.
In a statement on behalf of the squad, Erasmus said:
“On behalf of the squad I would like to offer our sincere condolences to the Foley and Hogan families, in particular Olive, the two boys Tony & Dan, Axel’s parents Brendan & Sheila & sisters Orla & Rosie. Our thoughts continue to be with them, Axel’s extended family, and close circle of friends at this time.
“From a Munster Rugby point of view we wish to acknowledge and thank those that have expressed their sympathies and thoughts with us during this time and thank everyone for their thoughtful considerations – it has been quite overwhelming and is testament to Axel himself that we are hearing from all corners of the world, across all sports and walks of life. The great man touched so many hearts.
“One’s life is greater than any sport or sporting occasion, however Thomond Park held a special place in Axel’s heart, and as difficult as it will be to play the next game, no matter the time, opposition and venue, we have an opportunity to play there this Saturday; that is something that is hugely important to all of us and cannot be easily dismissed.
“Playing in Thomond Park further ties us to his memory and will be a chance for all, including our supporters and the community, to feel that connection and closeness to him at this time.”