Tuesday 17 July 2018

'Pete's our leader' - Conor Murray pleads with IRFU to prevent O’Mahony departure

Conor Murray of Munster during a Munster Rugby press conference at the University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Conor Murray of Munster during a Munster Rugby press conference at the University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
David Kelly

David Kelly

CONOR Murray has pleaded with the IRFU to sort out Peter O’Mahony’s future – with the Munster captain issuing a four-week deadline for the saga to be resolved.

O’Mahony was reluctant to expand on the details of his negotiations with the IRFU yesterday but did admit his frustration at details being leaked to the media – although he wasn’t sure from which side of the table the information derived.

“It’s professional sport,” he said, after declaring he wanted the issue sorted within the next four weeks. If not, he could well be bound for England or France.

“It’s a short career. It’s well documented I’ve had a couple of offers. It’s at a critical juncture. Hopefully it will be done by the new year regardless.”

After losing Donnacha Ryan already this year and Simon Zebo set to follow him to Racing, Conor Murray says that Munster cannot afford to lose another leading light.

“Pete’s our leader, he’s a massive leader, he’s captained Ireland, he is part of the furniture.

“It’s more of a reality now that people can leave,” added Murray, who also hopes CJ Stander can be persuaded to stay when his contract talks commence.

“I hope the IRFU do absolutely everything to keep Peter because he is integral to our plans here and with Ireland. We can’t afford to lose another one. We all understand that if it gets drawn out or takes a while, it is because you need to find your value, it is a short career, and that is the way things go.

“They are part of this culture, what we have building here and what we want to achieve and they are leaders and they drive it.”

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