PETER O’MAHONY has said that playing Six Nations games for Ireland, like Saturday’s opener against France, was his biggest motivation for remaining with Munster.
Having had a cruciate ligament injury last season, O’Mahony was on the outside on some of the biggest days in Ireland’s season but is glad to be looking from the inside this year.
And days like Saturday’s meeting with France played a big part in his decision. “They’ve got to be the top one or two — the top one, probably — of your selection process. These are the days you want to play rugby, from someone who’s growing up in Ireland,” he said.
“My body feels good. There’s still an incredible competition here for back-row places; younger guys playing well. There’s a lot of guys playing well across the back-row; six or seven of us up here. You’re always learning; you can never be complacent.
“That’s always been the way with Irish back-rowers, from a long time before I started, until today — there’s always a massive competition. You see how the provinces are going. I must say, I was looking forward to getting in and getting training, alongside some of the guys that have been playing really well.”