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The late Anthony Foley pictured at the unveiling of a new Munster kit with team mates Denis Leamy and Paul O'Connell. Photograph by John Kelly.

WATCH: Late Axel the axis around which Munster Rugby play spins

Champion Chatter

A NEW play on Munster Rugby centres its action around the death of the late Clare rugby star Anthony Foley.

Red Army, which runs for eight nights in Lime Tree Theatre towards the end of the month,  is billed as a celebration of Munster Rugby, of women as pundits and fans, and a homage to Killaloe man Foley.

The play co-written by Helena Close and Marie Boylan is about community, family and the team. It is the story of dockers and doctors, and their insatiable passion for the game.

Four diehard Munster women are in Paris for their beloved team’s first rugby match of the season. Years following a team in decline show the cracks in their friendship.

When team manager, Foley, dies hours before kick-off, it acts as a catalyst for honesty in their friendships as we shadow them from Paris back home to a grieving Limerick.

Their own personal stories unfold across a pivotal week, charting their friendships, their loves, and their daily lives in the shadow of Axel’s death.

It culminates in one of the most important matches at Thomond Park as Munster take on Glasgow Warriors, just a day after their hero’s funeral.

These women must now ‘Stand Up and Fight’ with their team and a highly charged Red Army, their lives changed forever.

Opening night is Monday, October 24 and on Saturday, October 29 the performance starts at the later time of 8.15pm to accommodate  anyone at the Ulster V Munster fixture in Thomond Park.

Tickets are now on sale. Visit www.limetreetheatre.ie for more information. Call 061 953400 for queries.

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