O'Mahony says Munster's senior players must be ready for handover period ahead of van Graan's arrival

O'Mahony says Munster's senior players must be ready for handover period ahead of van Graan's arrival
Munster's Peter O'Mahony claims a line out ahead of Loic Jacquet of Castres. Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

MUNSTER will be heading into a period of flux in the next fortnight with Rassie Erasmus handing over the reins to Johann van Graan and it is up to the senior players to take up the slack and be counted says captain Peter O’Mahony.

“I think myself and 10 of the other senior guys are going to be a very important link,” O’Mahony said.

“We’re not going to be changing the wheel, Johann is going to come in and I think his experience speaks for itself... hugely impressive CV.

“Everyone I have spoken to about him speaks very highly of him. I’m certainly looking forward to getting coached by him and getting to know him.

“And I suppose myself and the leadership group are going to be a very important bridge, not so much getting him up to speed with what we do here because he’s going to implement his few things. And we’ll be the drivers of it same as we are with the current lads as well. It’s always a very important relationship.” 

They will get a chance this weekend to show the incoming coach what they are capable of individually and collectively as they face a star-studded Racing 92 at Thomond Park on Saturday, 5pm.

“From my point of view, they are quality from 1 to 23 no matter who comes over,” said O’Mahony. 

“From a forwards’ point of view, I think they mauled every one of their line-outs bar one at the weekend so obviously it is going to be a big physical encounter as it always is with the big French packs. But of course, they also have the quality out in the backs as well with finishers like Teddy Thomas, these kinds of operators are world-class so we’re going to have to be very good. And of course it all starts with the pack.”

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