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Monday 29 May 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Anthony Foley

Last year
# Murphy's Law
'I asked myself, ‘f**k, what else have I got apart from rugby?'
Barry Murphy initially struggled with the sporting afterlife until a couple of old friends – including the late Anthony Foley – helped out.
All time
# perspective
'I stopped worrying about rugby after Axel died'
Read an extract from Keith Earls’ book ‘Fight or Flight’.
# Axel
'Once you turn up to Shannon, you know Anthony's memory will always be alive'
On the fifth anniversary of Anthony Foley’s passing, The42 explores his love for Shannon RFC.
# highs and lows
'There was a little phase there when I was thinking, 'Yeah, this is no craic at all''
Munster lock Jean Kleyn on enjoying his rugby again, Ireland ambitions and Anthony Foley.
# Bowing out
'I think it's something special' - O'Donnell happy to retire as a one-club man
The Munster flanker is set to call it a day at the end of the season.
# freddie
'Without the Munster fans, we are nothing. Without them, we play for nothing'
Freddie Pucciariello won two Heineken Cups and a Magners League with the southern province.
# Sportswriting
Anthony Foley, the ESPN editor who joined the priesthood, and the rest of the week's best sportswriting
Put your feet up and dive into some of the best pieces of writing we’ve enjoyed over the past week.
# Ritual
The haka remains 'very sacred and very special' according to the All Blacks
Ireland unforgettably faced the All Blacks in the figure of eight in 2016 in Chicago.
# Munster Man
'I'm not leaving this place until I win something. I need to win something'
33-year-old Billy Holland has shown resilience over the course his lifelong love affair with Munster.
# Axel
'We are finally seeing a bit of light': Anthony Foley's wife Olive speaks out two years after his death
The Munster rugby legend passed away in October 2016.
# Nice Gesture
Johnny Sexton sent a beautiful gift to Anthony Foley's son on his birthday
Axel’s father Brendan Foley told the story on RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live.
# ligind
'I look down the back of the bus and there’s Claw, fag in his mouth, puffing away!'
Australian second row John Langford had a major influence on Munster during his three years with the province.
# Awards
Foley inducted into Hall of Fame as Earls is named Munster's Player of the Year
“Inducting Axel posthumously is a circumstance we never envisaged, all can agree it is an honour that would never have eluded him.”
# Limerick
Call for statue of Terry Wogan to be melted and recast as it's revealed it cost almost €60,000
It cost €58,500 to design, build and erect on Limerick’s riverside – almost ten times more than a statue of Anthony Foley cost.
# Remembering
'I think about the guy every single day' - Peter Stringer pays emotional tribute to Anthony Foley
The former Ireland scrum-half also says he wants to continue playing rugby after celebrating his 40th birthday.
# Remembered
Donncha O'Callaghan leads Anthony Foley tribute as Baa-Baas earn Thomond win
There were four Irish debutants in the Barbarians side as Tonga came to Limerick.
# Wave Goodbye
'This has been the best 18 months of my life': Rassie Erasmus bids emotional farewell to Munster
“I will treasure these days for the rest of my life,” says Erasmus.
# Munsterman
RTÉ will re-show Anthony Foley documentary after large parts of Munster missed it because of Ophelia
The documentary aired on the anniversary of the rugby legend’s death in Paris.
# Axel
One year on, Anthony Foley's wife recalls how the loss of her husband 'brought us to our knees'
Anthony Foley passed away suddenly one year ago today.
# Munsterman
Anthony Foley documentary delivers the emotional story of a legend we can all relate to
Tomorrow will mark a year since Foley’s untimely death and the emotions still feel raw as some of his closest friends and sisters discuss the man who made Munster.
# pom
'Axel's a rugby man, so he would have told us all 'Play your game'' - O'Mahony
Peter O’Mahony has had a whirlwind year but is now ready to lead the Lions against the All Blacks.
# Nice Touch
European Player of the Year to receive newly-commissioned Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy
The EPCR is honouring the Munster and Ireland legend with a special tribute.
# Stand up and fight
'The buzz is back and it's amazing but the spark was unfortunately the passing of Anthony'
Six months after an abject performance at the Aviva Stadium against Leinster, Munster return to the capital today for a Champions Cup semi-final. A lot has changed in those six months.
# Red Army
'An awful lot of it is down to Axel': Flannery's insight into Munster's year
The Munster scrum coach gave a fascinating interview on Sky Sports.
# Tribute
World-record scrum attempt to take place in honour of Anthony Foley
‘Scrum for Axel’ is on at LIT next Tuesday.
# Stand up and fight
'There were training sessions where we kicked the living sh*t out of each other'
Former Munster wing Anthony Horgan will join the tribute to Anthony Foley next Friday at the RDS.
# hot prospect
Munster's Johnston comes through 'dark place' to show promise again
The 20-year-old playmaker was in impressive form on his return for the Ireland U20s.
# remembering axel
Anthony Foley's widow accepts lifetime achievement award on his behalf
Olive Foley received the accolade at the Limerick Person of the Year Awards.
# olive foley
Anthony Foley's widow struck by 'amazing goodness of people' after husband's death
Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley passed away suddenly in Paris last year, aged 42.
'This team is pretty emotionally intelligent' - Erasmus proud of Munster in Paris
The southern province moved to the top of Pool 1 of the Champions Cup with a big win over Racing.
Racing 92 v Munster, Champions Cup
We were in Paris for Munster’s rescheduled clash with Ronan O’Gara and the French champions.
# Axel
O'Gara leads the tributes as Racing 92 pay their respects to Anthony Foley
The French side’s rescheduled Champions Cup fixture against Munster is taking place this afternoon.
# comments of the week
GAA retirements, Munster return to Paris and a Minister's plans for MMA - It's Comments of The Week
Did you make the cut?
# Memories
Munster aim to pay tribute to Foley with performance on return to Paris
Hooker Niall Scannell says Axel remains at the forefront of his mind, even during games.
Gone too soon: 5 people the rugby world lost in 2016
The game lost a number of current and former players far too young this year.
# Review
83 of our favourite Irish sports pics of 2016
We remember the past 12 months with some of the year’s defining images.
# essential reading
Conor Murray on Anthony Foley's death and more of the week's best sportswriting
Plus, Paul Kimmage takes a unique look at some of the most celebrated figures in the world of Irish MMA.
# Interview
Simon Zebo still playing with the style that comes naturally to him
Simon Zebo has a look back at 2016 and talks more rap videos with Paddy Jackson.
# break the internet
From the figure of 8 in Chicago to Shane Byrne's Olympic doppleganger: 8 times that rugby went viral this year
Plus, nine-year-old Australian powerhouse Meaalofa Te’o.
Anthony Foley remembered by BBC at the Sports Personality of the Year awards last night
Tributes also paid to the late Mark Farren and Ailish Sheehan by the broadcaster.