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'Dad would be proud' says Foley's son of Munster win

By Sarah Slater

The son of the late Munster rugby head coach Anthony 'Axel' Foley believes his dad would be immensely proud of their emotional victory over Racing 92 in Paris.

Foley (42) died suddenly on October 16 at the team hotel in the city just hours before the province's European clash with the French outfit. The men in red went on to win the re-scheduled game with a sparkling performance on Saturday night.

His 11-year-old son, Tony, launched the Axel Foley Memorial Facebook page eight days after his father's death.

Following the 32-7 victory, Tony Jr took to social media to praise the efforts of CJ Stander and his teammates.

Tony Jnr posted: "Ye may, indeed, be playing for 'someone special upstairs' but that someone special upstairs is, no doubt, playing for ye also. He is proud tonight again!"

Up to four thousand people liked his post, with comments praising the late player.

One fan posted: "Legend, remembered forever... never forgotten... AXEL 8".

It was an emotional occasion for all involved as Racing's players wore red T-shirts with Foley's name and iconic number 8 in the warm-up prior to the European Champions Cup clash.

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