Peter O'Mahony will play final test for Ireland against Scotland in the Six Nations today - Ruck

Peter O’Mahony will play final test for Ireland against Scotland in the Six Nations today

Irish rugby stalwart Peter O’Mahony may be poised for his last hurrah in the emerald jersey, as indicated by a report in the Irish Times today.

At 34 years old, O’Mahony boasts an impressive 104 appearances for Ireland since his debut in 2012. Handpicked as captain for this year’s championship by head coach Andy Farrell, he stands on the cusp of leading his team to a rare consecutive title, marking his fifth championship.

A cornerstone of Munster rugby, O’Mahony debuted for the province in 2009, a period following their second Heineken Cup triumph. Despite Munster’s fluctuating fortunes since, O’Mahony’s leadership has steered them to two league titles, the most recent secured last season.

Beyond his domestic and national achievements, O’Mahony also donned the captain’s armband for the British and Irish Lions during the 2017 series opener against the formidable All Blacks.

Speculation looms over O’Mahony’s future, with his contract with Munster yet to be renewed for the upcoming season. Rumors hint at a possible move to France’s Top 14, underscoring the uncertainty surrounding his next career move.

If indeed today marks his final appearance for Ireland, it would signify the end of an era for one of Irish rugby’s most revered figures.

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During his tenure at Montpellier, the Springbok fly-half was known as one of the highest-earning players in the sport, purportedly receiving an annual salary exceeding one million.

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Handre Pollard of South Africa during the Autumn Nations Match between England and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on 20 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

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The Les Bleus’ talisman is undoubtedly leading one of the most exciting teams on the international stage, all while helping to change the perception of the sport.

Antoine Dupont of France during the Guinness Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on Saturday 11th March 2023 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.