O'Mahony facing cut-off in fitness race
Peter O'Mahony has revealed that the next 10 days will decide whether or not he will be fit enough and available for selection for Ireland's tour of South Africa next month.
The Munster captain hasn't played since suffering knee ligament damage in the win over France at the World Cup last October.
O'Mahony admitted that he was "very close" to returning to full training with Munster but that he had to be honest with the medics about whether or not he will be fit enough to face the Springboks in the three-Test series.
"I won't say 'never' but I will have to make a decision over the next 10 days, see what the story is," he said. "I have been given every opportunity but I am just going to see how training goes and make a call on the rest of the season then.
"I am a rugby player, touring is one of the best parts of rugby and I would love to be able to tour.
"Any tour you get to go on is always great craic. I have never been to South Africa, it is a place I'd love to go and obviously the fact we have never won there, it would be lovely to go and have a nice tour and be in with a chance to make history."