O'Mahony signs new two-year deal


Rugby:Munster and Ireland backrow forward Peter O'Mahony has signed a new contract with the IRFU until the end of the 2014/15 season.

The 23-year-old Cork native made his Munster debut in 2010 and captained the side at the beginning of the 2011/12 season.

His international career has seen him captain Ireland at both schools and under-20 levels, culminating in him winning his first full international cap against Italy in last year’s Six Nations.

A versatile forward, who has played across all of the backrow positions, O’Mahony has gone onto to win a further eight caps and will start at blindside flanker in Ireland’s Six nations opener against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

Munster coach Rob Penney said: “We are delighted that Peter has agreed terms with the IRFU that keeps him here in Munster for the next two seasons. He represents the new breed of player, the next generation if you like, that are so critical to Irish rugby.

“To have him committing to the Munster organisation is a huge validation of what we are trying to achieve here. It is a particularly encouraging that a young man of such ability and talent has the belief that his ambition is best served by the structures that we have in place here. So in that regard this news is massive. It's great for Munster and for Ireland too.”

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