Ahead of Ireland’s clash with Wales this weekend, we look at those who we think will stand up and be counted for the Men in Green when the World Cup gets underway next month. Today it is the turn of Munster man Peter O’Mahony. And while you’re at it, make sure you check out our online store by clicking here to ensure you look the part when the tournament kicks off.
Peter O’Mahony might go about his business quietly in Ireland’s back row, but he has been making a lot of noise since he burst on the scene.
A former Ireland Under-20 captain, O’Mahony had the honour of captaining the senior team on the 2013 summer tour to USA and Canada, making him – at 23 – the youngest to lead out the side since Brian O’Driscoll.
O’Mahony made his full debut against Italy the previous year and has not looked back, filling in across all three back row positions.
He was named Munster captain for 2013/14 campaign and he has grown in importance in a green jersey too, starting all five games of Ireland’s victorious 2015 Six Nations campaign.
Earlier this year he made a lot of friends when he signed a new three-year deal with Munster, and his stock is so high that he is being touted as a future Ireland captain following this World Cup, making the 25-year-old eager to prove his worth even more than usual.
Peter’s performances for Ireland over the past few seasons have been exceptional,” said IRFU performance director David Nucifora back in February.
“The esteem in which he is held by Irish rugby is reflected in the fact that at the age of just 25 he has already captained his country and province.
“Leadership is just one of the many qualities he brings to Munster and Ireland and we are delighted that he has committed to Irish Rugby.”