Munster are still suffering from the sudden death of their much loved coach (& former European cup winning captain), Anthony Foley. So when the Maori All Blacks performed their traditional Haka war dance with a special gesture… the Maori All Blacks captain, Ash Dixon, stepped forward, knelt down & held up a Maori All Blacks rugby shirt with the initials AF on it & then lays the shirt on the turf. The whole of Thomond Park applauded the wonderful gesture.
The shirt had the initials AF on it. The Munster fans were stunned.
Here is the actual video of this great gesture. Note all the players heads are bowed when they unveil the shirt. They stand there in the sheets of rain, acknowledging the spirit of the recently deceased Munster coach, Anthony Foley.
You can also watch the Anthony Foley Haka Moment on AB TV .
What a generous gesture from The Maori All Blacks. They were honourable in defeat too. Here is an excerpt from their twitter stream.
The Maori’s have a special place in the hearts of Munster fans since 1978 when the actual All Blacks were famously beaten by Munster, they heard the sad news that the Munster captain’s father had died of a heart attack, so the Maori’s entered the Munster dressing room and said a Maori prayer for Donal Caniff’e’s Dad – read the full story: A Maori Prayer for Donal Caniffe’s Dad .
Incidentally, the Munster game against the French club, Racing 92, was immediately postponed when Anthony Foley was found dead in his hotel room. 3 months later, the French club invited all Munster fans to stay in their Parisian homes during the rescheduled match in Jan 2017 – read about the kindness of Racing 92 .
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