No favourites folly for Foley

Munster captain Anthony Foley has dismissed talk of his side being the sentimental favourites when they take on Biarritz in next month’s European Cup rugby union final.

Twice losing finalists, Munster gave themselves an opportunity to make it ‘third time lucky’ when they defeated Irish rivals Leinster 30-6 at Lansdowne Road in an impressive semi-final victory.

That set up a trip to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, where a typically game Munster lost the 2002 European Cup final 9-15 against English Premiership side Leicester.

But Foley, whose men were edged out 8-9 six years ago in the final by another Premiership outfit in Northampton, was clearheaded about what awaited Munster and their passionate supporters who have made them the neutrals’ favourite.

“It’s no one’s destiny to win it. It’s the best team on the day in the final and that’s it,” the former Ireland back-row told Sapa-AFP.

However, Foley was upbeat about defeating French champions Biarritz come the May 20 Cardiff climax where Munster fans are once again set to transform the Millennium Stadium into a sea of red.

“Reaching the final is what we set out to do at the start of the season. Now we’re there we’d like to give a good account of ourselves.

“We played Biarritz last year (losing 10-19 away in the quarter-finals) so we know a great deal about them, especially as their personnel hasn’t changed too much. But that’s for another
week.”