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'Doesn't look happy': Munster slammed for disrespecting Ireland captain

By Josh Raisey
Peter O'Mahony of Munster during the United Rugby Championship match between Munster and Connacht at Thomond Park in Limerick. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Munster great Alan Quinlan has criticised the way the club have treated Ireland captain and his former teammate Peter O’Mahony in recent weeks.


The 34-year-old only managed 46 minutes of Munster’s United Rugby Championship quarter-final victory over the Ospreys on Friday, which is not the first time that he has failed to see the 50-minute mark since returning to club duty after the Six Nations.

Speaking on Off The Ball this week, Quinlan hinted that there could be a rift between the club’s former captain and head coach Graham Rowntree, saying he sees shades of how he was treated himself towards the end of his career.

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O’Mahony was replaced by Jack O’Donoghue against the Ospreys, an Ireland international himself, and Quinlan was quick to highlight the strength of Munster’s bench. However, he stressed that the 105-cap Ireland international is being taken off when he still has plenty to give.

The challenge for Munster only increases this weekend as they host Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park in their pursuit of defending their URC title. Quinlan, and many Munster supporters, will surely be curious to see how long the flanker lasts.

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“I don’t like the way Peter O’Mahony’s being treated at the moment in the sense of being taken off early in matches,” Quinlan said.

“I think he doesn’t look happy, I don’t think it’s the right decision, I think it’s premeditated.


“We’ve spoken a lot about Munster’s bench recently and the impact, that’s been very good but he’s coming off after the 45th or 46th minute last week, it could have been even earlier.

“It was done to me at the end of my career, and you have a decision made before a game that you’re taking a player off early.

“He’s 34, it’s not as if he’s a pensioner.

“I think he deserves a bit more respect than that.

“It doesn’t look right to me.”



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Edric 31 days ago

Got to be honest I am a all black supporter through and through. He is a bastard of a player from my eyes. But he is a fantastic disruptive player. He plays like Richie mccaw on the edge. Fantastic player to have in your team fair play. Stil a knob though. He would look good in black ….

Jimmy 32 days ago

O’Mahony’s problem is that he becomes fixated about getting even, IMHO that is why he’s getting hooked - he just loses the plot.

Vellies 33 days ago

Most overrated player in the world after George North…

Cillian 33 days ago

An bhfuil Quinlan ag déanamh comparáid faoi dheireadh a career agus deireadh career O’Mahony? Tá difríocht ollmhór idir an mbeirt acu, cé gur chaith an mbeirt acu geansaí uimhir a 6.

Tá i bhfad níos mó rugbaí imeartha ag O’Mahony ag leibhéal ard. Ní raibh mórán ar siúl ag Quinlan ó 2008 ar aghaidh seachas cúpla léim sa síneadh amach.

Cé go raibh said proifisiúnta i gcoinne na hOspreys, bhí cumas orthu go raibh siad tuirseach.
O’Mahony san áireamh.

Liam 33 days ago

Dudes a grub in his twilight who cares

Michael 34 days ago

I’m disappointed with your remarks. Surely it is the prerogative of the coach and staff to decide when to introduce subs. GR may decide 45 minutes for one player. You might think 50 minutes. Hardly enough for a federal case!!!!!
It’s no help to our cause to have a former player/journalist creating waves when we’re after 10 wins on the trot and just 1/2 matches to the end of season.

John 34 days ago

Quinlan will always give his old buddies a nine out of ten. Huge game, Old head, don’t become a bad player over night blah, blah blah.

Bryan 34 days ago

When does POM look happy? Rowntree is probably just thinking about the team and Quinlan's thinking about himself.

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