Anthony Foley: ‘Farewell, farewell, thou lands may meet . . . my gaze’

Anthony Foley: ‘Farewell, farewell, thou lands may meet  . . . my gaze’
Scenes at the funeral of Anthony Foley on Friday morning in Clare

Yes, big boys do cry, sometimes.

Is it the sheer intensity of the physical contact, the full body collisions and the relentless driving and rucking that so deepens the emotional context of rugby? Watching the generations of past and present Munster warriors, the old and the new, gathering around their dead chieftain this week was fascinating. The body language, the handshakes and hugs, the speechlessness of it all.

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