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Published: 11:21 | 19/10/16

Munster will play Glasgow as planned


Munster's Champions Cup match against Glasgow Warriors will go ahead as planned on Saturday.

The province has been coming to terms with the sudden death of head coach Anthony Foley in Paris ahead of the Champions Cup opener against Racing 92 last Sunday, with the squad undertaking a 'modified training schedule'.

Following confirmation that Foley's funeral will take place on Friday in Killaloe, County Clare, the province has decided to press ahead with Saturday's match at Thomond Park.

"EPCR can officially confirm that the Munster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors Champions Cup, Round 2 match will be played as scheduled at Thomond Park on Saturday (kick-off 13.00). The decision was made after close consultation with the Munster management," a statement from the EPCR read.

"At this particularly difficult time following the passing of Anthony Foley, EPCR would like to once again convey its deepest sympathies to the Foley family and to everyone at Munster Rugby.

"EPCR has requested that a minute's silence or a minute's applause in Anthony's memory be observed at all Round 2 matches in the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup.

"Please note that the Munster and Glasgow Warriors match day squads will be announced at 15.00 on Friday."

Saturday's game is set to be an emotional affairs as Munster fans gather to say farewell to their former player and head coach.

Foley led Munster to their first European Cup victory in 2006 and played a key role in the provinces' success in the competition two years later.

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has paid trubute to Foley in a statement, which read:

"On behalf of the squad I would like to offer our sincere condolences to the Foley and Hogan families, in particular Olive, the two boys Tony & Dan, Axel's parents Brendan & Sheila & sisters Orla & Rosie. Our thoughts continue to be with them, Axel's extended family, and close circle of friends at this time.

"Although an Irish and Munster rugby hero, and a great friend of ours, this time is about a husband and a father, a son and a brother, and a fallen friend.

"Let us all not forget that.

"From a Munster Rugby point of view we wish to acknowledge and thank those that have expressed their sympathies and thoughts with us during this time and thank everyone for their thoughtful considerations - it has been quite overwhelming and is testament to Axel himself that we are hearing from all corners of the world, across all sports and walks of life. The great man touched so many hearts.

"One's life is greater than any sport or sporting occasion, however Thomond Park held a special place in Axel's heart, and as difficult as it will be to play the next game, no matter the time, opposition and venue, we have an opportunity to play there this Saturday; that is something that is hugely important to all of us and cannot be easily dismissed.

"Playing in Thomond Park further ties us to his memory and will be a chance for all, including our supporters and the community, to feel that connection and closeness to him at this time."

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