Thursday 22 March 2018

Former Irish flyhalf trying to lure Peter O’Mahony to the Aviva Premiership

Humphreys among suitors for in-demand Munster captain as race heats up

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony. Photo: Sportsfile
Munster’s Peter O’Mahony. Photo: Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Former Ireland out-half David Humphreys is one of the men trying to coax Peter O'Mahony into a move away from Munster.

Gloucester are understood to be the English team in the mix for the Reds' captain who is in negotiations with the IRFU and a number of French outfits.

Although the Premiership side are enjoying a revival of sorts after a period lingering close to the bottom of the table despite significant investment, they are on the look-out for a blindside flanker after Ross Moriarty announced he'll be moving to Dragons.

They are not one of the biggest spenders in the English or French games, but have still been able to land some big names and the expected departure of former Ulster prop John Afoa could free up enough budget to make a competitive offer for the Ireland blindside.

They face competition from at least two French clubs, one of which is thought to be Pau who are coached by former Munster assistant Simon Mannix and have a contingent of O'Mahony's former team-mates on their books as well as former All Blacks Conrad Smith and Colin Slade.

However, the most likely scenario remains the captain remaining with his home province if the IRFU can increase their offer enough to find common ground with the player's representatives.

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