Peter O’Mahony admits he’s unlikely to be picked by Lions

Date published: April 21 2021

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony admits it is unlikely he’ll tour with the British & Irish Lions to South Africa as a result of a lack of game time.

O’Mahony captained the Lions in their opening Test against New Zealand in the 2017 tour, but accepts his lack of action in the Six Nations this spring will hurt him.

The Munster man featured in just 30 minutes of this season’s competition thanks to his red card against Wales. O’Mahony played 14 minutes against Wales and just 16 coming off the bench against England.

He spoke at a press conference ahead of his side’s first Rainbow Cup clash against Leinster and acknowledged his chances of breaking into the squad appear remote.

“Look, I don’t think I’ve played enough rugby if I’m honest with myself. That’s just the way the cards have fallen,” O’Mahony said.

“Obviously the Six Nations is a big one at this time of the year and unfortunately that didn’t go very well with the way I ended up with the red card. That’s just the way it went and unfortunately I haven’t played enough to consider myself for that tour.

Plenty to play for

“But hopefully I’ll be looking forward to the [Ireland] tour with Fiji if that goes ahead and I’m picked, so plenty to play for with Ireland and the Rainbow Cup now.”

Aside from the Six Nations, O’Mahony hasn’t played enough with his home province. The Munster captain picked up an injury in the PRO14 final against Leinster and missed out on the province’s defeat to Toulouse in the Champions Cup as a result.

The Rainbow Cup will be O’Mahony’s last opportunity to play regular rugby before Ireland’s squad is named for the tour of Fiji.

“I’m looking forward to putting a run of games together hopefully. You need to be playing regularly and you need to be playing well, and that’s what I need to do,” he explained.

“Everyone wants to play, and play consistently, and that’s something that I haven’t had. It’s been frustrating certainly to say the least but you’ve got to make the best of the scenario that you’ve been given.

“I’m hoping to put a run of games together now and try and stay away from niggles and whatever else, so fingers crossed.”