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Tributes flood in from around the world for Anthony Foley

Published 17/10/2016

Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby queue to sign a book of condolances at Shannon Rugby Club in Thomond Park, Limerick, after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick placed by Munster Rugby fans after the death of head coach Anthony Foley.Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick placed by Munster Rugby fans after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick placed by Munster Rugby fans after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick placed by Munster Rugby fans after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick placed by Munster Rugby fans after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Players stand for a minutes silence in memory of Munster head coach and former Irish international Anthony Foley who died today in a Paris hotel during the European Rugby Champions Cup rugby union match between Exeter Chiefs and Clermont Auvergne at Sandy Park Stadium in Exeter, south west England, on October 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff CADDICKGEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on October 16, 2016 shows a Munster flag and flowers hanging at the grid of the Yves du Manoir stadium in Colombes, outside Paris, in tribute to Munster head coach Anthony Foley who died suddenly. Munster head coach Anthony Foley died suddenly in Paris on Sunday, at the age of 42, causing the Irish province's European Champions Cup match against Racing 92 to be postponed. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
EXETER, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 16: A minutes silence is held in memory of Munster Head Coach Anothony Foley who passed away at the age of 42 during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and ASM Clermont Auvergne at Sandy Park on October 16, 2016 in Exeter, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Munster fans place flowers and flags as a mark of respect after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Munster fans sign a book of condolence after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Munster fans sing the Munster anthem, The Fields of Anthenry as a mark of respect after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: A Munster fan signs a book of condolence after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Match officials, including the referee Wayne Barnes (R) look dejected after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Munster fans in tears after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Munster fans take part in a minutes applause as a mark of respect after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Munster fans console each other after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Munster fans tie Munster flags to the railings of the stadium after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: A Munster fan signs a book of condolence after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Munster fans sign a book of condolence after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Tributes flooded in from across sport and across the globe following the news of Anthony Foley's death.

Frankie Sheahan, a former Irish and Munster star, posted a photo of him and others celebrating former Irish star Mick Galwey's birthday just a week earlier.

"Distraught at the tragic news of Anthony Foley, great friend, teammate & legend. Super form last weekend at Mick Galwey's 50th. Incomprehensible," he said.

Sonia O'Sullivan said his death was "sad and shocking".

Brian Moore, whose final days as England hooker overlapped with Foley's early career, said: "Just heard the terrible news of the death of Munster's Anthony Foley - thoughts with his family - very sad indeed."

In Limerick, the home of Munster Rugby, Irish flags were to be flown at half mast on council buildings.

Mayor Kieran O'Hanlon said: " He was a giant among men and a true gentleman. He will be sadly missed."

Leinster Rugby chief executive Michael Dawson said: "Anthony was a fierce competitor and rival with Munster for many years, but he was a gentleman away from the field and great company.

"Anthony played with unwavering pride and passion for his province and country every time he took to the field."

Chairman of the European Professional Club Rugby Simon Halliday described Foley as a legend.

"He was a magnificent player and a superb coach and he will be sorely missed," he said.

Messages of sympathy and condolences also came from the world of politics with Ireland's Sports Minister Shane Ross said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Anthony's partner, children, family, and friends at this very difficult time."

Micheal Martin, leader of Ireland's main opposition party Fianna Fail, said: " He was the epitome of all that is good about rugby and sport."

Shane Byrne, former Irish hooker, told RTE Radio: "As a player he had this innate ability to make the right decision at the right time."

Eddie O'Sullivan, former Irish head coach, said: "Leadership is a special skill. It's about knowing what to say and the time to say it. Anthony got that."

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