French rugby club Racing 92 has stunned their opposition fans from the Irish province of Munster by opening their homes up and inviting the opposition fans to stay in the Racing fans’ homes. The original game, scheduled for last October, was immediately postponed upon the sudden and shocking news of the death of the Munster Head Coach, Anthony Foley. So the French fans felt that it would be expensive for the Munster fans to pay a second time for accommodation for the rescheduled Champions Cup clash this Saturday.
Emotional Munster Fans
The Munster fans making the return journey will be carrying heavy hearts laden with sadness for the loss of their favourite son, Antony Foley, who had previously captained Munster as Heineken Cup winners and he also wore the green jersey magnificently for Ireland on many occasions.
Racing 92 – A Very Different Rugby Club
Racing 92 are a unique rugby club that are renowned for a certain type of eccentricity which also brings fun back into the game including:
- playing against Bayonne wearing berets as a tribute to the attacking style of the Basque club in 1987;
- playing wearing black make-up & yellow hair, in 1988 at Stade Toulousain;
- playing with bald caps in 1989 against Beziers;
- playing dressed up as pelote players (white shirts, black jackets and berets, again) in 1990 at Biarritz Olympique;
- playing wearing long red and white striped shorts to celebrate Bastille Day in 1989;
- playing wearing long white trousers, on another occassion wearing pink bow ties (1990 final) with a drink of champagne at half time;
- playing wearing pink shirts to shake off the conservative traditionalism of French rugby.
Munster Fans Blown Away
Racing 92 are definitely different. Meanwhile, the travelling Munster faithful have been ‘blown away’ by the kind gesture of opening up their homes to the Munster fans. This trip was already very emotional for the many Munster fans. And now this great French club do this? “We are absolutely blown away by it. As a supporters club, we are deeply appreciative of the offer, we don’t even have the words to express our gratitude to Racing supporters,” Ian Buckley, secretary of Munster Rugby Supporters Club, told the Limerick leader.
The Brotherhood Of Rugby
The brotherhood of rugby knows no bounds. The French fans’ gesture will, forever, be remembered by Munster fans. New, lifelong friendships will emerge from the ashes of this sad, yet truly beautiful day in sport.
Thanks to Pat Foley for alerting us to this story.
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