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'We are missing Axel at training, at meetings, in the office': Munster still beset with grief
Director of rugby Erasmus is trying to prepare a side to face Ulster after the intensely emotional win over Glasgow Warriors.

MUNSTER DIRECTOR OF rugby Rassie Erasmus said that it has been a difficult week as things begin to return to normal following the sudden death of Anthony Foley.

Erasmus said that Munster players, management and staff have been trying to get accustomed to the situation but that the shock death of the 42-year old will resonate for some time.

“It has been a tough week, it’s not over, it is continuing. We are missing Axel at training, at meetings, in the office. It is a relief that game against Glasgow is gone and we can try and get into it again this weekend.

“It is still tough on all of us, but more on his family and we are thinking a lot of them, all the time.

“The support during last week, not just from Munster people but from every single level of person in the whole country, I think the players were carried by that. But it is tough and it will be for some time.”

Munster must again pick up the pieces and prepare to head to Belfast for Friday night’s Pro12 clash against Ulster.

But they will travel without hooker Duncan Casey who will be out for some time after picking up a knee injury in the 38-17 Champions Cup win over Glasgow Warriors at the weekend.

Former Ulster centre Sam Arnold could be set for his Munster debut in November after recovering from a knee injury. He is set to see action for Garryowen this weekend as he eases his way back into action.

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