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Statement: Ireland legend Peter O’Mahony sets retirement date

Ireland’s renowned flanker Peter O’Mahony has announced that the upcoming season will be his last with Munster after signing a one-year contract extension.

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While O’Mahony hinted that playing abroad remains a slight possibility, he suggested this extension will likely mark the end of his rugby career.

“This is my final contract in professional rugby, at least here. This means I can really savour it,” O’Mahony stated.

“I can plan for my final matches, like those during Christmas and at Thomond Park.

“I have no desire for an extended farewell tour, but I can mentally tick off milestones as the season progresses.”

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Will Greenwood picks ‘pacy’ 2025 British & Irish Lions XV with Maro Itoje as captain

Back in 2021, England legend Will Greenwood turned his attention to the 2025 tour to Australia, highlighting the emerging young talents poised to make the XV.

eflecting on the future, Greenwood said, “The 2021 tour was captivating, but now it’s time to focus on 2025 and the young talents who could shine in Australia.”

Below, we revisit the team he selected after the 2021 tour.

Hugo Keenan (Ireland) Greenwood praises Keenan’s potential, foreseeing growth in wisdom and composure over the next four years, establishing him as a premier European full-back. “I love Keenan,” Greenwood remarks. “After another four years of Irish rugby, he will be wiser and more composed; the leading European full-back.”

Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales) Despite limited opportunities in South Africa, Greenwood sees Rees-Zammit’s electric pace as a game-changing asset, honed through standout performances for Gloucester and Wales. “In the short periods he did feature, you could tell there was a star in the making,” Greenwood notes.

Louis Rees-Zammit of Gloucester Rugby during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Gloucester Rugby and Harlequins at Kingsholm on 17 February. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Garry Ringrose (Ireland) Highlighted for his innate class and defensive prowess, Ringrose aims to seize his last chance at Lions selection in 2025 after enduring injuries and fluctuating form. “He is an inherent class act who defends astutely and runs devilish angles,” Greenwood observes.

Cameron Redpath (Scotland) Expected to return to top form post-injury, Redpath’s standout performances for Scotland mark him as a potential key figure in the midfield. “I expect him to return to that sort of form when he returns to full fitness,” Greenwood predicts.

Adam Radwan (England) Greenwood champions Radwan’s inclusion, citing his explosive debut season and undeniable talent, suggesting that age should not hinder selection if ability shines through. “If you’re good enough, you’re old enough,” Greenwood asserts.

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