French authorities were yesterday carrying out an investigation into the death of Munster head coach Anthony Foley at the Novotel Hotel in Suresnes in west Paris, and the results of the autopsy, which should reveal the cause and time of his death, could be known tomorrow.

Tributes continued to flow in for the former Ireland player yesterday as European Professional Club Rugby, the organiser of the Champions Cup, said it would be guided by Munster over the rescheduling of fixtures following Foley's death.

The Munster squad returned to Limerick late on Sunday and ­players and supporters visited the ­makeshift shrine erected at the gates of Thomond Park to the 42-year-old, who was found dead in his hotel room just hours before the match against Racing 92 was due to take place.

Books of condolence were opened at council offices across Limerick, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford as well as at Limerick University and Shannon RFC, Foley's former club, as thousands queued to pay their respects.


Emotions were understandably still too raw yesterday for any decision to be taken about whether Munster's match against Glasgow Warriors, which is scheduled to take place at Thomond Park on Saturday, will go ahead.

It is unlikely that any decision will be made until Foley's remains are returned to Ireland and a funeral organised, making it unlikely that game will go ahead, although a decision will not be taken until later in the week.

Sunday's match against Racing was postponed and it is understood that EPCR will make every provision possible to accommodate a second postponement, irrespective of the pressure it will put on the fixture schedule.

Last season five games were postponed in France in the wake of the Paris attacks in November and even though the fixture schedule had already been squeezed to accommodate the World Cup, the French, English and Pro12 leagues managed to reorganise so that the games could take place last January, ahead of the final two rounds of the pool stages.

Those decisions, though, are for another day. The rugby community is still coming to terms with the shock, with former team-mates continuing to express disbelief.

Ronan O'Gara, the former Munster and Ireland fly-half who won two Heineken Cups and a Triple Crown with Ireland with Foley and who is now part of the Racing coaching team, wrote: "Alone on the couch with Jess. Heartbroken. We have lost an incredible man. Too sad to tweet further ... sleep well Axel. We love you. xxx."

Peter Stringer, the scrum-half who played alongside Foley throughout his career with ­

Munster and Ireland, wrote: "Feeling numb and alone with only thoughts of this remarkable man. My protector on the field, I will miss you forever."

Tyrone Howe, the former Ulster, Ireland and Lions wing, who had been appearing on Sky Sports on Sunday when news of Foley's death broke, last night delivered a moving tribute to the Munsterman, with and against whom he had played for more than 15 years.

"It feels as if time has stood still in the last 24 hours since the news of Anthony Foley's tragic death - the sense of deep shock and sheer disbelief is all too palpable," Howe told The Daily Telegraph.

"What I do know is that friends of mine, grown men and outstanding individuals in their own right, spent yesterday afternoon in tears. History books will record Axel's rugby legacy and the roll call of his achievements is remarkable - the record of a true rugby giant.

"Yet, the common thread running through all the text messages and phone calls has been about what a magnificent human being he was. His overwhelming sense of fun was infectious.

"His eyes would crinkle up alongside an impish boyish grin and everyone would be in stitches. He was brilliant company and amidst the intense pressure of elite sport he made you feel good about yourself.

"Not that he stood for nonsense or any dropping of standards. Whether in training or on the pitch he demanded the best and spoke with passion and clarity.

"And you knew that he meant every word because such was his rugby intelligence that he understood exactly what was needed at that very moment.

"He personified the 'Stand Up And Fight' spirit of Munster rugby and played a leading role in turning Thomond Park into one of the great citadels of world rugby. Above all, his ultra competitive spirit was founded on the most solid of core values, of which family was at the heart.

"In the Irish provinces we are a feisty bunch but Axel has reminded us that, above all, we are a family.We are hurting because one of our own is gone. He touched so many lives and we grieve together with the Foley family at this incredibly sad time.

"Irish by birth, Munster by the grace of God - Axel was the truest of Munstermen."