He helped win more than a few against the head when he was playing and now a world record attempt in honour of Munster legend Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley will take place next week when 2,000 people attempt the world’s largest rugby scrum.
Munster boss Rassie Erasmus believes his players will continue to strive to do justice to Anthony Foley’s legacy as the province heads into another challenging test of its resilience in the wake of their head coach’s passing.
The Bishop of Limerick has described as “moving and inspirational” a gesture by the 11-year-old son of the late Munster rugby star Anthony Foley in asking people to go to Mass and light candles over the next eight Sunday’s for their own deceased loved ones.
As has been evident in the outpouring of sorrow since his death, Anthony Foley made a big impact on people’s lives within and beyond Munster and Saturday’s tribute to him at Thomond Park had a similar impact for CJ Stander and Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend.
When it seemed referee Jerome Garces had formally concluded the week-long obsequies for Anthony Foley with a shrill final whistle on Saturday, Axel’s comrades took to Thomond’s famed turf for one last farewell to one of the greats of Munster and Irish rugby.