Ireland hero Peter O’Mahony has recalled some of the toughest players he has come up against throughout his career.
The 32-year-old, who we included in our 2022 World XV, was a star performer as Ireland recorded a historic first away series win in New Zealand this summer.
Interestingly, his trio of toughest ever opponents, which you can see below, all played for the All Blacks.
This interview was done prior to the 2022 tour.
PETER O’MAHONY: TOUGHEST OPPONENTS:
#3. Kieran Read
- Age: 36
- Position: Number 8
- Caps: 128
O’Mahony said: “Read was probably the most skilful I’ve come up against whether it was backs or forwards – he’d be well up there as well.”
DID YOU KNOW? Read was a talented cricketer, representing Northern District age-group teams and being selected for the New Zealand Under-17 tournament side in 200
- Super Rugby Centurion
- Super Rugby Champion – 2008, 2017, 2018, 2019
- New Zealand Rugby Player of the Year
- Winner: 2010, 2013
- World Rugby Player of the Year
- Winner: 2013
- Test Rugby Centurion
- All Black Captain: 2013 – 2019
- 100 Test starts
In the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Read was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to rugby.