Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley has died suddenly at their team hotel in Paris.1rug7Foley, 42, died overnight at the hotel, where the team were staying prior to Sunday’s game against Racing 92. The European Champions Cup game has been postponed following the former Ireland international’s death.

A statement by the Irish Rugby Football Union said: “The IRFU and Munster Rugby pass on our deepest sympathy to all of Anthony’s family and friends. We ask for privacy for the family at this sad time.”

Foley is survived by his wife Olive and three children. Foley, whose father Brendan also played for Ireland, made 201 appearances in the back row for Munster in a playing career that spanned 13 years. He would also captain Ireland three times in winning 62 caps, having made a try-scoring debut in the Five Nations defeat by England in January 1995.

Former Scotland international Craig Chalmers said: “Can’t believe the shocking news about Anthony Foley. One of our games truly great guys and always a Munster and Irish rugby legend.”