Munster say that they are ‘working and planning
towards’ this Saturday’s European Champions Cup
match against Glasgow.
The province have released a statement today in
which it has indicated that the game at Thomond
Park is likely to go ahead.
The fixture had been thrown into doubt following
the tragic death of Munster head coach Anthony
Foley in Paris last weekend, which led to Sunday’s
game against Racing 92 being postponed.
“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.” the statement read.
“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.”
With funeral arrangements yet to be finalised, there
was some suggestion that this weekend’s match
against Glasgow would also have to be
rescheduled, but Munster have now indicated that
they are now working towards playing the game.
The squad are following a modified schedule this
week with players and management yesterday
signing books of condolence at Thomond Park and
at other locations across the province in memory
of their colleague and friend.
Meanwhile, the British and Irish Cup clash away to
Doncaster Knights has been postponed with a
rescheduled date to be announced in due course.
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.”