Updated: 17/10/16 : 06:14:20
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Irish sports world shocked as Anthony Foley dies in Paris

The Munster Rugby coach and former player Anthony Foley has passed away.

Irish Rugby have confirmed the sudden death of the 42-year-old on Facebook and Twitter.

He was found dead in the Munster team hotel in Paris, ahead of the clash in the European Champions Cup against Racing 92.

Anthony is survived by his wife Olive, their two children extended family and friends.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed its providing consular assistance through the embassy in Paris.

He made just one substitute appearance at the 1995 World Cup before starting two matches at the 2003 tournament, and last featured in international rugby during the 2005 Six Nations.

He retired in 2008, leaving Munster as the club’s most-capped player with 194 appearances for the provincial side.

Books of condolences will be opened at noon at county council offices across Munster today.

The Irish flag will also be flown at half mast outside the local authority offices.