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Tigers tribute to Munster coach Foley

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Leicester Tigers were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Munster Rugby coach Anthony Foley overnight at the team hotel in Paris.

Munster were scheduled to play against Racing 92 in Pool 1 of the European Champions Cup on Sunday afternoon but this game has been postponed.
Tigers and Glasgow Warriors opened the action in Pool 1 on Friday evening, with Racing due at Welford Road next Sunday. The Tigers double header with Munster is in December.
Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: “Anthony Foley was a long-time servant of a great club and a central part of Munster Rugby as a player, captain and coach. He was a true man of rugby and a true man of Munster.
“It was shocking news to learn of his passing this morning and I’m sure everyone in the game will pull together to give as much support to his family and friends and to his club as possible.
“There has always been a sense of mutual respect between our clubs as well as the rivalry on the pitch and our respective groups of supporters have enjoyed each other’s company at a number of big games over many years.
“On behalf of the Leicester Tigers, we send our heartfelt condolences to Anthony’s family and friends, and to everyone at Munster Rugby.”

Tigers assistant coach Geordan Murphy, a former team-mate of Foley's with Ireland, gave his tribute on Twitter, saying: "Devastated to hear about Anthony. A gentleman and a legend of the game. Condolences to his family and all Munster fans."

Former Tigers captain Martin Corry posted: "Such sad news to hear the passing of Anthony Foley. Fierce and uncompromising but after would always find you for a beer. Proper rugby bloke."
A statement released by Irish Rugby and Munster Rugby said: “It is with deep regret that the Irish Rugby Football Union and Munster Rugby must advise of the passing overnight of Munster head coach Anthony Foley, at the team hotel in Paris.
“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.
“As a mark of respect to Anthony and his family, and to support players, management and staff, Munster Rugby have requested that today's match against Racing 92 be rescheduled.
Munster Rugby thank Racing 92, EPCR, broadcasters and partners, and the many fans who travelled to Paris for their understanding and support at this time.”