Monday 22 May 2017

Peter O'Mahony looks set to miss out on Australia clash as flanker released for Munster training

23 November 2016; Peter O'Mahony of Munster during squad training at the University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
23 November 2016; Peter O'Mahony of Munster during squad training at the University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
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There is plenty of intrigue surrounding Ireland's team selection for their curtain-closing autumn clash with Australia this weekend, especially with the news that Peter O'Mahony was one of four Munster players released for provincial training today.

Rassie Erasmus welcomed back O'Mahony, John Ryan, Billy Holland and Jack O'Donoghue ahead of this Saturday's encounter with Treviso, which takes place at 14.00, three and a half hours before the Wallabies take on Joe Schmidt's men at the Aviva Stadium.

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O'Mahony being sent back to Munster indicates that he will once again miss out on selection for the national team as he continues his return to full fitness following a one year absence with a knee injury.

The Munster flanker was omitted from the Ireland squad for the historic win over the All Blacks in Chicago, before making his international comeback against Canada the following week.

Despite a solid outing, Schmidt opted for Sean O'Brien at openside flanker when New Zealand came to Dublin last weekend.

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And although CJ Stander left the field with a head knock during last weekend's game, it is possible that the rampaging back row will be fit for selection against Australia since O'Mahony was allowed return to Munster.

The Ireland team is set to be named tomorrow afternoon.

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