'Axel is remembered every day at training...'

'Axel is remembered every day at training...'
Keith Earls, CEO of Munster Rugby Garrett Fitzgerald and Team Manager Niall O'Donovan present Olive Foley on behalf of Anthony Foley with the Hall Of Fame Award. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

KEITH Earls said there wasn’t a day goes by that Anthony Foley is not remembered at Munster training as he presented Olive Foley with her late husband’s Hall of Fame award at the Munster Rugby awards.

Earls made it a personal treble yesterday by winning the Munster senior player award having previously won the Academy and Young Player awards.

“None of us would be here today only for him and for the ambition he had for Munster Rugby,” Earls said of presenting the award to Olive Foley.

“It was an honour for me to present the award to Olive. I know Axel for years, he played against my father.

“He is remembered every day at training, that’s what he has done for all of us. We remember him every day and we are all grateful to him.

“But I think we appreciate each other a lot more as well because you just never know what’s going to happen down the line,” he said.

Earls, said that while he appreciated individual awards, he much preferred getting ‘a small medal’ for capturing titles as a team.

“It is an honour to be recognised but we are team players and it is team trophies we are after, but this is something I will look back on when I do retire and I will be grateful for it.

“We are desperate to do well and win trophies, especially myself and lads who have been around for a long time. That was my six European semi-final defeat and then when you take into account the PRO14 and stuff like that we are desperate to win silverware.

“We’ve had it out about the semi-final this week and now we move on to Ulster and the other games that are left,” he added.

Centre Sammy Arnold was named as Young Player of the Year while the John McCarthy Award for Greencore Munster Rugby Academy Player of the Year went to West Cork's Fineen Wycherley.

Dr Paul McCarthy and Peter Malone present The John McCarthy Award to Fineen Wycherley. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Dr Paul McCarthy and Peter Malone present The John McCarthy Award to Fineen Wycherley. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

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