PETER O’MAHONY will be the pride of Cork when he roars into action for the British and Irish Lions this summer.
However, Cork can also lay claim to Tadhg Furlong whose family roots are in Whiddy Island near Bantry. The tighthead prop has been a revelation this season after taking over from Fermoy’s Mike Ross in the Ireland side.
O’Mahony was unlucky not to make Gatland’s squad for the last Lions tour and it looked like his hamstring injury at the start of the Six Nations could have extinguished his chances again. His form has been exceptional in recent weeks though and the Munster captain offers versatility in the back-row as well as leadership qualities.