The rugby world has been shocked this afternoon with the news of the passing of Ireland and Munster legend Anthony Foley.
The Munster head coach was found dead overnight in his Paris hotel room.
As the news broke, Sky were televising Ulster’s clash with Bordeaux. As soon as half-time arrived we were brought to the studio as condolences were read out. Alan Quinlan has obviously departed to catch earliest flight he could find, with former teammate Tyron Howe left in studio to say a few words.
“He had a great sense of fun. He would get the giggles and everyone would giggle with him,” said Howe.
“He was big in every way. Big personality, big sense of humour. [He was] generous to a fault.”
Howe, who played for Ulster and Ireland, would have played with the late flanker as well as battled against Foley’s dominant Munster side on many occasions.
“One of the heartbeats of everything that was good about Munster rugby. In Ireland there are four provinces and we try and beat the living daylights out of each other when it comes to on the pitch but it is a big family.”