Wednesday 22 November 2017

Peter O'Mahony warning for England: Ireland have much more in the tank

Peter O'Mahony believes Ireland need to fufill their potential to get their tenth Test win in a row
Peter O'Mahony believes Ireland need to fufill their potential to get their tenth Test win in a row
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Unbeaten Ireland have plenty of room to improve, according to flanker Peter O'Mahony, who wants his team to meet their potential against England on Sunday.

Joe Schmidt's side can take a giant step towards back-to-back titles with victory over their main rivals for this year's Six Nations at the Aviva Stadium and the Munster captain says he is not perturbed by criticism of the team's style of play to date.

England coach Stuart Lancaster last night dropped winger Jonny May from his 26-man squad with Jack Nowell set to come in to the No 11 jersey, while Mike Brown is being given every opportunity to recover in time from his concussion and has been retained along with fellow full-backs Alex Goode and Chris Pennell. Otherwise, the championship leaders are set to keep faith in the men who have delivered wins over Italy and Wales and O'Mahony says Ireland will need to fulfil their potential to get their tenth Test win in a row.

"100 per cent. We have quality rugby players, quality footballers so there's plenty of potential there, we just need to unlock it," he said. "It (complaints over the style of play) don't really affect me. If I go out there and win the game, I'm happy enough.

"You've seen our game-plan. We're not going to change the wheel because we're playing England. It's another game in the Six Nations for us. And that's it.

"We do a lot of analysis and not every team is perfect. We're far from perfect. No team in the competition is perfect. We do our best to try and pick things out.

"That's not to say it's going to plan out like the way we want it to, like the way we train. We have a game-plan and we're going to try and implement it."

Jamie Heaslip has remained with the Ireland squad despite being unavailable for Sunday and the management still hold out hope he could recover in time to face Wales. Tommy O'Donnell is expected to recover from concussion in time to take his place on the bench, while Iain Henderson trained yesterday despite a dead leg.

Irish Independent

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