Tuesday 16 January 2018

Holland: O'Mahony return will be huge

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

Declan Rooney

Munster stand-in captain Billy Holland says having the club skipper Peter O'Mahony on the verge of a return from injury will be like having a new world-class signing for the province before the end of the season.

O'Mahony hasn't played a minute for Munster this season after he ruptured his cruciate ligament playing for Ireland against France at the World Cup, but Holland says the squad are look forward to his imminent return.

O'Mahony is currently ramping up his training with the aim of being back in action by the end of April, hopefully in time to hit full speed in time for Munster's run through the play-offs.

"Peter has been very unfortunate with injuries, he has barely played with Munster in the last two years. He has quite a lot of injuries, but he will be a great fella when he gets back in," said Holland.

"He will be like a new signing for us. He is our club captain and we haven't had him for almost two seasons. It will be great to have him back in."

Holland has skippered Munster in recent weeks with O'Mahony not back yet and vice-captain Denis Hurley sidelined because of a calf injury, and he admits it's a huge honour.

"It's fantastic I'm thoroughly enjoying it, it's a massive honour to captain my province. I've been around here since I left school nearly ten years between the academy and everything.

"It's a massive honour to captain the side and I suppose we had two tough games against Glasgow and Ospreys and that's why the weekend win meant so much personally and as a group," said Holland.

Irish Independent

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