O’Gara ‘heartbroken’ as rugby world mourns Foley
Ronan O’Gara has spoken about the loss of an “incredible man” as the rugby world struggles to come to terms with the sudden death of Anthony Foley.
The 42-year-old coach passed away in the team hotel in Paris ahead of Sunday’s Champions Cup clash with Racing 92, a game that was subsequently rescheduled as a mark of respect.
Many tributes have been paid to the father-of-two, with Donal Lenihan describing his “shock and horror” at the untimely death and former Ireland head coach Eddie O’Sullivan describing Foley’s “rugby intelligence”.
O’Gara, a coach with Racing 92 but a long-serving Munster team-mate with Foley during the province’s most successful period, paid his own tribute on social media.
Together the pair won two Heineken Cups and a Celtic League with Munster and a Triple Crown with Ireland in 2004 and shared the field together for some of the province’s most special days.