Munster Rugby, Racing 92 and Sky Sports remember Anthony Foley on anniversary of his death

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Munster Rugby remember Anthony Foley on anniversary of his death

Former Munster captain and head coach Anthony Foley, who passed away two years ago this Tuesday

MUNSTER Rugby have marked the second anniversary of the death of the province’s head coach and captain Anthony Foley.

Forty two-year-old Anthony Foley passed away in Paris on Sunday, October 16, 2016 ahead of the province’s opening Champions Cup fixture against Racing 92.

Former St Munchin’s College star Anthony Foley played all 48 games in Shannon’s famous four-in-a-row of All-Ireland League title from 1995 to 1998. He also made 201 appearances for Munster and won 62 caps in the green of Ireland.

Munster fans will fondly remember the seismic part Foley played in the team’s rollercoaster European journey. There for every single twist and turn of their path to the Holy Grail, heartbreaking defeats in the European finals of 2000 and 2002, and subsequent semi-final and quarter-final exits, only served to reaffirm his belief that he was part of something special and Munster’s day would come.

May 20, 2006, his ambitions were realised and, as someone who had given his all, and then some, to the cause, it was fitting that Foley was the one who lifted the trophy when Munster won their first European Cup in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

In making 86 appearances in Europe, his 23-try haul is yet to be surpassed with Simon Zebo equalling the record in the Champions Cup semi-final loss to Racing 92 last weekend.

The French team also paid tribute to Foley, in a move described as "superb" by ex-Racing coach and Munster legend Ronan O'Gara.

A captain and leader at every stage of his career, Anthony Foley himself moved into coaching following retirement in 2008, taking over as Munster’s Head Coach in 2014.