The family of Anthony Foley have spoken of how it would be an "understatement" to say that they were "touched" by the gesture of the Ireland team in forming a number '8' when facing the Haka on Saturday in tribute to the late, great Foley, who wore the jersey for Munster and for Ireland on many occasions throughout the course of his stellar career.
The family released a statement via the 'Axel Foley Memorial' Facebook page in which they thanked the Irish side for the "special moment" and asked that people join them in lighting a candle as part of the #8masses4no8 campaign, which was set up by Anthony Foley's family to try and urge people to attend Mass on eight consecutive Sundays to pray for the souls of departed relatives and friends (you can support the campaign using #8masses4no8 or by liking the Facebook page here).
Here's the family's statement in full:
To say that we were touched by how Ireland faced the New Zealand haka, drawing inspiration from the No. 8, would be an understatement. Ironically, 15 years ago Anthony played for Ireland against and lost to New Zealand on a score of......40-29. Last night's Irish response to the Haka was incredible remembrance. Today is our second #8masses4no8 Sunday and we'll be remembring Anthony and all who have gone before us by lighting our candle. We will also dedicate it as thanks to Anthony's former colleagues for this special moment, for his life and for the lives of all others who have gone before us, and to all for their support. Today is, of course, a special Sunday - the first Sunday in that month dedicated to remembering those who have gone before us. We'll be lighting our candle this morning, please join us and do so for your loved ones also.