A very sad weekend

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 17 Oct 2016 at 09:05
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I’d like to take a minute to reflect on some sad news this morning.

Former Ireland number 8 and current Munster Coach Anthony Foley died suddenly in Paris on Saturday night, suffering what is rumoured to be a heart attack in his hotel room ahead of his team’s game against Racing Metro 92. Foley was just 42 years old.

We extend deepest sympathy and condolences to Anthony wife and children, to his Munster teammates and to everyone else who knew him. Our game is certainly poorer this morning.

In bad news closer to home, Bok prop Julian Redelinghuys suffered a cervical spine dislocation during Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final between the cheetahs and the Lions. Julia underwent a successful C5-C6 fusion operation in a Bloemfontein hospital on Sunday morning and doctors are reportedly pleased with how the operation went. He’s expected to make a full recovery – meaning, of course, that the injury is unlikely to have an effect on his ability to live a normal life. Whether professional rugby will still be an option for him post recovery remains to be seen, but it’s important to focus on the important things right now.

I’d ask you all to keep Julian in your thoughts and prayers as he faces a potentially uncertain time to come.


  • And in other sad news (not rugby, but of a real Durban boytjie) Neil Tovey suffered a massive heart attack while training yesterday and was in a critical condition.

    Strength to all.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.10.16 09:13:58 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Sad indeed, my thoughta are with them

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.10.16 09:23:48 by vanmartin Reply
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  • It all shows just how quickly things can change. Thoughts go out too all and their families.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.10.16 09:39:31 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : how true…condolences to Foley’s family and friends. Here is hoping that both Tovey and Julian makes a full recovery.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.10.16 09:54:37 by Farlington Reply

  • Our prayers are with all of them and their families!
    Praying for a full recovery for Julian and Neil!

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.10.16 10:15:49 by JD Reply
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  • Jeez, that is terrible about Foley. Feel very sorry for Julian, that will probably be the end of his rugby career, but being able to walk and live a normal life is far more important. I am sure he will make a great scrum coach.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.10.16 11:59:27 by Vonno13 Reply
  • Thinking of them all…

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.10.16 13:15:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • At tighthead prop he probably won’t see action for months if he is lucky to come back at all. A very bright career ahead of him. I hope it doesn’t get cut short.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.10.16 15:13:49 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 8) : ja going to be tough to come back but with advances in medical procedures almost nothing is impossible. Main thing for him is to recover and get healthy again before deciding about his rugby future!

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.10.16 15:45:59 by JD Reply
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