The IRFU has confirmed the sudden passing of Munster head coach Anthony Foley with a tweet.
The 42-year-old has passed away overnight in Paris, of unknown causes, ahead of today’s Champions Cup fixture between Munster and Racing 92.
The official statement read:
It is with deep regret that the Irish Rugby Football Union and Munster Rugby must advise of the passing overnight of Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley, at the team hotel in Paris.
Munster Rugby management are liaising directly with Anthony's family and will provide them with any assistance and support required. The IRFU and Munster Rugby pass on our deepest sympathies to all of Anthony's family and friends and ask for privacy for the family at this sad time.
They have also confirmed that today’s match will be rescheduled as a result.
The Clare native won four AIL titles on the trot in the mid-90s and made his first appearance for Munster against Swansea in November 1995 in the province’s first outing in the Heineken Cup.
It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to our coach, former captain, colleague and friend today, rest in peace Anthony Foley.
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) October 16, 2016
Foley made his international debut for Ireland in 1995 and won 62 caps in a career that spanned a decade.
His father Brendan was part of the Munster team that famously defeated the All Blacks in 1978, and his sister Rosie was a member of the Irish women's squad.