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Peter O’Mahony: Eire flanker steps down as Munster captain


Keith Earls, Peter O'Mahony, Conor Murray and Stephen Archer with the URC trophy
O’Mahony captained Munster to final season’s United Rugby Championship title, the province’s first main honour in 12 years

Eire flanker Peter O’Mahony has stepped down as Munster captain after 10 years within the function.

O’Mahony, 34, first captained his province in 2011 earlier than taking up the duty full-time after Doug Howlett’s departure in 2013.

Munster head coach Graham Rowntree has not but confirmed O’Mahony’s substitute as skipper.

“Captaining Munster has been a dream come true for me,” mentioned O’Mahony, who has 101 caps for Eire.

“I grew up watching and idolising the Munster crew and particularly the individuals who had been main the crew.

“Individuals like Mick Galwey, Jim Williams, then on to the likes of ROG [Ronan O’Gara] and Paul [O’Connell], who I had the privilege of taking part in with at first of my profession.”

O’Mahony, who captained Munster to final season’s United Rugby Championship title, added: “I can keep in mind the day I used to be requested to be captain prefer it was yesterday and discussing it with Paul to get his approval.

“From that day to this it has been an utter privilege and has by no means been one thing I’ve taken without any consideration.

“Nevertheless, having given an enormous quantity of thought to it, I believe it’s the proper time to step again from the function to share my experiences and provides the identical steering that I acquired once I took on the function.”

‘He’ll nonetheless be an enormous chief inside the group’

Rowntree paid tribute to O’Mahony by saying he has been a “improbable captain”.

“To steer Munster from such a younger age and for thus a few years speaks volumes of his capacity as a participant on the pitch and an individual off it,” mentioned Rowntree.

“He instructions big respect and can nonetheless be an enormous chief inside the group. To have somebody of Pete’s expertise available to assist us with the succession course of is invaluable.

“We’ve a robust management group inside the squad and can affirm a brand new squad captain sooner or later.”

O’Mahony was a part of the Eire squad that exited the Rugby World Cup with a quarter-final defeat by New Zealand in October.

The 2017 British and Irish Lions vacationer admitted he was undecided over his worldwide future following Eire’s World Cup exit.

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