Saturday 25 October 2014

Peter O'Mahony confident he will have recovered in time for Leinster clash

Published 26/08/2014 | 12:01

26 August 2014; Team captains, including Leinster's Jamie Heaslip and Ulster's Rory Best, centre, ahead of the Guinness PRO12 Season Launch, Diageo Head Office, Park Royal, London. Picture credit: Matt Impey / SPORTSFILE
Team captains, including Leinster's Jamie Heaslip and Ulster's Rory Best, Munster's Peter O'Mahony and Connacht's John Muldoon, ahead of the Guinness PRO12 Season Launch, Diageo Head Office, Park Royal, London. Picture credit: Matt Impey / SPORTSFILE

Munster captain Peter O'Mahony has pencilled in a return to action next month after undergoing reconstructive surgery on both shoulders.

O'Mahony revealed at the launch of the Guinness Pro12 in London that he hopes to return for either the round four game, at home to Ospreys on September 4th, or the following week's interprovincial clash with Leinster at Aviva Stadium.

That would mean that the Cork man would be available to new head coach Anthony Foley when his side kick off their European Champions Cup campaign against Sale in October.

O'Mahony damaged his shoulder during Munster's European Cup quarter-final win against Toulouse last April and, after undergoing an operation on his left shoulder in April, he was then forced to have an operation on his other shoulder a month later.

Meanwhile, Ulster captain Rory Best has said that Ulster are back on an even keep after a disruptive summer which saw their Director of Rugby, David Humphreys, and head coach, Mark Anscombe, leave.

Ireland assistant Les Kiss is currently interim director of rugby and, after a number of senior players also left during the summer, Best is hoping that the province can find some stability soon.

"It's been a difficult summer but we're hoping to get a new coach in as soon as possible and with a good group of senior players, those difficult times can be put behind us," said Best at the Guinness Pro12 launch at Diageo HQ in North London.

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