Munster’s European Champions Cup match against Glasgow Warriors will go ahead at Thomond Park as planned on Saturday following Anthony Foley’s death.
The game had been in doubt after the sudden death of the Munster head coach.
Foley, 42, was found dead in his Paris hotel room on Sunday morning ahead of Munster’s scheduled Champions Cup match against Racing 92.
Munster’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus made the announcement that the game would go ahead.
“Talking to a lot people who know him better, he would never want us to say the game is secondary,” said South African Erasmus, who was appointed to work alongside Foley in April.
“We don’t want to miss this opportunity for him. It’s a tough choice. It’s not easy either way, but we don’t want to miss this opportunity.
“It has been quite overwhelming and a testament to Axel himself that we are hearing from all over the world.”
Foley’s funeral on Friday
Post-mortem tests in France revealed Foley died of a build up of fluid in the lungs caused by a heart condition.
Foley’s body is being flown to Shannon Airport near Limerick on Wednesday and his funeral will take place in his native Killaloe in County Clare on Friday.
Foley, who father Brendan also played for Munster and Ireland, represented the Irish province on 201 occasions and captained them to their first European Cup triumph in 2006.
The Munster number eight also won 62 Ireland caps and skippered his country on three occasions.
After joining Munster’s coaching staff following his retirement in 2008, Foley became the Irish province’s forwards coach in 2011 – a role he briefly undertook with Ireland during the 2012 Six Nations – before graduating to head coach in 2014 after the departure of Rob Penney.
Munster appointed South African Erasmus as the club’s director of rugby in July but Foley’s job title remained head coach.
Emotional O’Mahony says Foley efforts ‘incalculable’
Speaking alongside Erasmus, Munster captain Peter O’Mahony broke down as he described Foley’s contribution to the club as “incalculable”.
“I’m not going to be him justice here. Personally, he meant a huge amount,” said Ireland international O’Mahony.
“I haven’t supported a Munster team that he wasn’t involved in. The amount he’s given the club, it can’t be calculated.”
O’Mahony recalled Foley being as happy with the narrow win in his first game as a 60-point victory.
“He was a man that wanted a Munster jersey win,” he said.
Sunday’s scheduled Pool 1 opener in Paris was postponed following Foley’s death.
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