Racing 92 and their supporters prepare touching tributes to Anthony Foley for Munster match

Munster legend passed away before the original fixture on October 16th

BY Raf Diallo 20:48 Friday 6 January 2017, 20:48 6 Jan 2017

Racing 92 fans ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Racing 92 and the French club's fans will pay tribute to Munster great Anthony Foley ahead of the rescheduled European Rugby Champions Cup fixture against the Irish province on Saturday in Paris.

Foley passed away at the age of 42 in the Munster team hotel ahead of the original fixture which had been due to take place on October 16th 2016.

That fixture was subsequently postponed and rescheduled for January 7th 2017.

During the pre-match warm up, Racing players will wear red T-shirts with Foley's name and iconic number 8.

Racing 92 supporters have also made a kind gesture to Munster fans by offering up free accommodation in their own homes.

Munster fans have thanked their counterparts for their gesture to them.

Munster Rugby Supporters Club secretary Ian Buckley told The Limerick Leader: "“When the offer came in from Racing we, as a committee, were absolutely blown away by it.

"It’s different to being put up in a hotel - to invite us into their homes shows the whole human side to it and it brought home to us how much respect that people had in world rugby for Axel for a start and then for Munster fans as well,” Ian continued.

"One of our representatives will be going over and presenting a signed shirt to our counterparts in Racing on Saturday. We believe from Racing’s side that they are trying to get as many people as they can from both sides to welcome in both teams into the stadium on Saturday. It’s in the early stages but hopefully it will work out."

Racing fans will also display banners ahead of the match with messages reading "Axel" and "Red Army welcome back".

Eddie O'Sullivan previews Munster's Champions Cup match against Racing 92


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