Axel remembered in Paris

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 21:23
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REACTION: Ireland loose forward CJ Stander paid respect to his former Munster coach, the late Anthony Foley, immediately after they claimed a 32-7 victory over Racing 92 in Paris.

Stander, who like Foley donned the No.8 jersey, grabbed a try - along with Simon Zebo, Andrew Conway and Niall Scannell - in the one-sided encounter.

"It's a great feeling for me and the team to honour 'the big man' with a win. We have good structures, 'Axel' left a lot of what we're working on, how we want to play.

"Coming back to Paris after his death, you talk about it, the emotion of it, and it catches you again. It's tough, you remember from last time, you get very emotional," Stander said.

Racing did their part to remember Foley at the start of the match at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir. They walked out on to the pitch wearing the red shirts of Munster with the name of Foley on the back of their warm-up jerseys.

Both sets of fans joined in a round of applause in honour of the Irishman while his nickname of 'Axel' was splashed across a number of placards inside the ground.

Racing coach Ronan O'Gara, a former Munster flyhalf, hailed both teams for their tributes to Foley.

"He'd be very proud of what has happened. It's so strange to think about him in the past tense and I don't think I can have my head around that. It's very, very odd," O'Gara said.

Munster will face Glasgow next weekend in Scotland where victory will ensure a place in the knockout round. The Irish side romped to a 38-0 win in the teams' first meeting in October.

Agence France-Presse

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