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Anthony Foley is honoured by European rugby body

(One of the last pics of Anthony Foley taken in Thomond Park)
FORMER Shannon, St Munchin’s College, Munster and Ireland ‘great,’ Anthony Foley is to be honoured by the governing body of the European Rugby Champions Cups by having a special trophy commissioned in his honour.
The EPCR European Player of the Year award winner will be selected by a combination of public vote and a panel of experts, receiving the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy in addition to a medal and one million air miles from Turkish Airlines.
Anthony’s unexpected death at the age of 42 in Paris last October on the morning of the Pool 1 game between Racing 92 and Munster rocked the sporting world and triggered scenes of extreme sorrow in his native Limerick and Clare as well as throughout the rugby world.
“This is a fitting way to honour Anthony’s memory. He was a great player and a great leader as well as a galvanising force in Munster’s European odyssey,” said EPCR chairman Simon Halliday.
“I would like to thank the Foley family and Munster Rugby for allowing us create this trophy for now and for the future.”
Five nominees remain in contention for the prized accolade: Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje (both Saracens), Camille Lopez (ASM Clermont Auvergne), Garry Ringrose (Leinster) and CJ Stander (Munster).
Anthony Foley made 86 European Cup appearances for his province, played in three finals and famously captained the side to their first final victory in 2006.
Three times captain of Ireland, he is still Munster’s top try scorer in Europe with 23. He also played 62 times for Ireland before moving into coaching and eventually taking over as Munster’s head coach in 2014.

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