Tuesday 25 October 2016

O'Mahony clings to hope of making SA tour

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Ireland flanker Peter O'Mahony is ten days away from finding out whether he will be passed fit for Ireland's tour to South Africa.

The senior leader has been a central figure in conflicting opinions from Ireland's Joe Schmidt and Munster's Anthony Foley over the matter of his availability for the three tests.

"I've got to be honest with myself and if I'm not right I'll put my hand up," said O'Mahony last night.

"I am very, very close. I will have to make a decision over the next ten days on what the story is.

"I have been given every opportunity (to make it back). I will just have to see how training goes and make a call on the rest of the season then.

"I am a rugby player, touring is one of the best parts of rugby and I love to be able to tour."

CJ Stander was voted the IRUPA Players' Player of the Year for 2016 at their awards ceremony last night.

"Personally, I'm delighted with the award. It's massive for me," said Stander.

"When I walked in this evening, I saw all the names and photos of the winners before me. It's unbelievable.

"It is something that was in the back of my mind. It is something I didn't really work towards. I just worked hard for the team and the players around me made it easy for me."

Leinster's Josh van der Flier was awarded Young Player of the Year and Ronan O'Gara, currently preparing for Racing 92's Champions Cup final, was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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