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    Munster v Glasgow information

    There have been a few posts regarding whether or not the coming weekend's scheduled fixture against Glasgow might go ahead or might end up being postponed. If it turns out that the game does go ahead, lots of people will naturally want to know as early as possible so they can be sure to be there, especially those who will have to make travel arrangements at short notice. Obviously at this stage it's way too early to say, but I've started this thread to keep questions, discussions etc out of the Anthony Foley thread. I've left it closed to replies for the time being, simply because there is no information as far as I know, and it's a bit soon to be having significant discussions about that anyway. I hope that's ok.

    EDIT
    Ok, I'm going to re-open this thread now, following an update from Munster Rugby as of 15.30 on October 18th. At this stage at least, it would appear that the game against Glasgow is going to go ahead. I'm transferring a few posts from the Anthony Foley thread into this one.
    Last edited by mr chips; 18th-October-2016, 15:20.
    Tis but a scratch.

    #2
    No decision for a couple of days, it seems.

    Distraught Munster begin to regroup but priority remains the family

    Decision to go ahead with Saturday’s game at Thomond Park still to be made

    The Munster squad will convene on Wednesday morning at their University of Limerick base for the first time since making their distraught journey home on Sunday night. As to whether they will go ahead with their scheduled European Champions Cup game against Glasgow on Saturday at Thomond Park remains secondary to the needs of the Foley family, who made a moving statement yesterday expressing that their “anguish” is “bottomless”.
    No funeral arrangements can be made until Foley’s remains are released to his family, which in turn depends on the conclusion of the autopsy into his death on Sunday morning at the Novotel Hotel in the suburb of Suresnes, west of Paris, where the Munster squad were based.
    There has been no indication as to when results of the autopsy will be known, a spokeswoman for the Nanterre prosecutor, Catherine Denis, confirming that “it usually takes between two and seven days to get the results”. For the time being, Munster will look to prepare for the match against Glasgow but with their priority being the Foley family, this hinges on many variables over the next day or so.
    It is understood that the tournament organisers, EPCR, are liaising with Munster but that a decision on the match against Glasgow will be entirely with the province, and that EPCR will give them the time and space to do so.
    The Foley family issued a statement yesterday which read: “The family of Anthony Foley wishes to extend its deepest appreciation to the endless legions of friends and the wider rugby family here and abroad for the huge outpouring of support and sympathy since Anthony’s tragic and most untimely passing at the weekend.”
    “With Anthony’s passing, we have ultimately lost an amazing, adoring and loving father and husband; an equally caring, loyal and devoted son and brother; a central and go-to figure for the wider Foley and Hogan families.

    “Our anguish at the sudden loss of Anthony is bottomless. We have been plunged deep into an incomprehensible darkness and sense of loss that we must work our way through over the coming days, weeks, months and years.” “We know, too, that his sudden death has brought the rugby worlds of Shannon RFC, Munster, Ireland and much further afield crashing down. You have lost a former player, coach, friend and all-round inspiration – your and our hero both. We mourn his loss together.”
    “We again wish to thank everyone for their support; it will help carry us through these darkest days.”
    “With regard to media, we thank you also for the sensitive way in which you have paid tribute to Anthony since the weekend but we do ask that our privacy and that of his close friends be respected over this tragic period.”
    The IRFU have opened a book of condolence at its office on Lansdowne Road. IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne, said, “The Irish rugby family has lost a special individual and all our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time. Anthony represented Ireland with distinction and will be fondly remembered for his contribution in the green of Ireland and the red of Munster.”
    IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora said, “his passing is a significant loss to the game.” while Joe Schmidt also paid tribute.
    “Over the past few seasons I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Axel,” said the Ireland head coach.
    “His insights on the game and good-natured banter ensured he was always great company.
    “He was incredibly supportive of Munster squad members selected for national duty and immensely proud of any Munster man who pulled on the green jersey. He is a huge loss to both Munster and Irish rugby.”
    The Connacht coach, Pat Lam, who was captain of Noerthampton and Foley’s opposite number in the 2000 Heineken Cup final at Twickenham, received an honorary doctorate in NUIG yesterday which he admitted was tinged with sadness.
    “He was a special man,” said Lam of Foley. “It’s hard to believe that he’s gone, but he’ll never be forgotten.” There were also further tributes to Foley and expressions of sympathy to his family from the Six Nations, whose chairman, former Munster and Ireland hooker Pat Whelan, said, “Anthony was the embodiment of rugby and its values. He will be a huge loss to everyone.”
    The University of Limerick also conveyed “its deepest sympathies with the family and friends of Munster Rugby Head Coach Anthony Foley.”
    UL Director of Sport, David Mahedy said, “on behalf of all at UL, may I express my sincerest condolences to Anthony’s family.
    “He was a true leader and he demonstrated this quality both on the field of play and more recently, on a daily basis as he went about his work with Munster’s next generation here at the UL campus. He will be sorely missed by all. May he rest in peace.”
    A Book of Condolence was also made available at the UL Sport Arena.
    Tis but a scratch.

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      #3
      Not sure where to put this really, but as of now the Glasgow match on Saturday goes ahead, but the A game is off. http://www.munsterrugby.ie/news/23308.php#.WAY5pzE032l

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        #4
        Originally posted by Wallyman View Post
        Not sure where to put this really, but as of now the Glasgow match on Saturday goes ahead, but the A game is off. http://www.munsterrugby.ie/news/23308.php#.WAY5pzE032l
        Mr Chips has a thread on the go, 'Munster Glasgow Information'
        Gwan Joe!!

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          #5
          Originally posted by ustix View Post
          Mr Chips has a thread on the go, 'Munster Glasgow Information'
          The thread is closed you have to get chippy to post.

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            #6
            Right, I'll open that thread and transfer these posts. Give me a minute.
            Tis but a scratch.

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              #7
              Thread now open.
              Please be aware that although it seems at this stage that the game will go ahead, it's still possible that things may change. Thanks to all for your patience.
              Tis but a scratch.

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                #8
                This is the information from the link above.

                The Munster squad gathered in the High Performance Centre at UL today in working and planning towards Saturday's Champions Cup encounter with Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park.

                The squad are following a modified schedule this week with players and management yesterday signing books of condolence at Thomond Park, Irish Independent Park and at other locations across the province in memory of their colleague and friend Anthony Foley.

                The thoughts of Munster Rugby players, management and staff remain with the Foley and Hogan families and assisting them at this time continues to be the priority. Funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised, and details will follow once in place.

                Following on from Sunday's initial statement Munster Rugby would like to additionally thank the following parties for their assistance on the day, the staff of the Novotel Suresnes Longchamp Hotel, the local police and emergency services in Paris, Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason and her staff at the Irish Embassy, Aer Lingus support staff at Charles de Gaulle Airport and Declan Keane and his team at the Dublin Airport Authority.

                At an extremely difficult time, Munster Rugby could not be more grateful for the consideration and compassion shown from the wider community in the past few days and it is most appreciated at this time.

                Meanwhile, with the Munster A squad scheduled for an away British and Irish Cup fixture against Doncaster Knights on Saturday, the decision has been made to postpone the fixture with a rescheduled date to be announced in due course. Munster Rugby thank Doncaster Knights and the British and Irish Cup for their understanding and help at this time.

                In explaining the decision further Munster A Head Coach Peter Malone said, "With the Munster A squad featuring a number of senior players, planning for an away fixture would not be suitable at this point in time. We thank Doncaster Knights and the B&I Cup for facilitating our request in light of the exceptional circumstances."
                Tis but a scratch.

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                  #9
                  There is going to be all sorts of emotions on Saturday , Initially grief but this one has to be won for Axel , i think the atmosphere once the game starts will be fantastic and i hope the players can overcome their grief and tear into Glasgow , Come on Munster !!!

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                    #10
                    Would have thought the game might be moved to Sunday, either way, if it does go ahead this weekend the atmosphere will be special.

                    In a lot of ways the result is immaterial (though we'll hopefully be winning it for Axel). I'm just looking forward to honouring the man.
                    Marty in the Morning

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                      #11
                      If it does go ahead then axels words to Robbie Henshaw would be fitting, "go out there and put a hole in them"
                      To everyone that will be there, all of those who can't make it remember the man and that we will all be there with you in spirit.
                      psychoanalysis is wasted on the Irish; Sigmund Freud

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                        #12
                        And if anyone doesn't know, before it became TP, it was called foleys field. So lift the roofs off and let the sorrow and bitterness at this loss drive us on.
                        psychoanalysis is wasted on the Irish; Sigmund Freud

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                          #13
                          Yes im full of Rage and Bitterness today..I will let it fester and explode on Saturday.Be it at the match..or if postponed in MRSC bar

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Pixie View Post
                            Yes im full of Rage and Bitterness today..I will let it fester and explode on Saturday.Be it at the match..or if postponed in MRSC bar

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                              #15
                              According to 42.ie the funeral will be on Friday at noon.

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