Munster coach Anthony Foley dies, aged 42

Foley passed away overnight in a Paris hotel

Munster coach Anthony Foley dies, aged 42

Anthony Foley. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

The IRFU have announced that Munster coach Anthony Foley has died.

The former Ireland number 8 was head coach of Munster from 2014 to the end of last season. Foley stayed with the province in a coaching capacity when Rassie Erasmus joined the province as Director of Rugby.

Foley played 62 times for Ireland and was captained the Munster team that won the Heineken Cup in 2006.

In a statement, the IRFU confirmed he died overnight in a Paris hotel, ahead of Munster's Champions Cup game with Racing 92.

"It is with deep regret that the Irish Rugby Football Union and Munster Rugby must advise of the passing overnight of Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley, at the team hotel in Paris.

"Munster Rugby management are liaising directly with Anthony's family and will provide them with any assistance and support required.

"The IRFU and Munster Rugby pass on our deepest sympathies to all of Anthony's family and friends and ask for privacy for the family at this sad time."

Sunday's game against Racing 92 has been postponed at the request of Munster, as a mark of respect.