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Longwell in tribute to tragic Foley

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster rugby hero Gary Longwell has said the death of his former international team-mate Anthony Foley has left a huge void in Irish rugby.

The Munster head coach passed away in Paris on Sunday where he was preparing his side to take on Racing 92.

"There's a huge gap now that is so hard to fill," said Longwell. "That enthusiasm for Munster Rugby, the bond was so strong. I don't know how they can go forward. The boys will be massively motivated I'm sure to succeed and dedicate things to Anthony.

"Hopefully that would be a fitting tribute for him.

"As hard as we feel it up here, and it's even harder down there, it's worse for his poor family. All our thoughts are with them.

"His dad was a big rugby man, his sister played for Ireland, it's a family so immersed in rugby.

"His wife Olive is someone I got to know on away trips with Anthony and she's a fantastic lady. All my thoughts are with her and their young family."

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