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Ref mic picks up Peter O'Mahony's choice remarks for Sam Cane

By Ian Cameron
Sam Cane, captain of the All Blacks leaves the field during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Ireland at Forsyth Barr Stadium on July 09, 2022 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Ireland back row Peter O’Mahony has never been one to shy away from the more combative side of the sport. Just ask Sam Cane.


Some six years after their first victory over the mighty All Blacks, Ireland dominated a Test to walk away with a series saving 23-12 win and a historic first victory against the men in black on New Zealand soil.

O’Mahony was at the heart of it of course. Indeed, the Munsterman is never far from the face-to-face stuff when he takes the field, and the second Test in Dunedin was no different, with the blindside literally in the faces of the All Blacks over the 80 minutes.

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A few particular choice words for All Blacks back-row Cane were picked up by referee Jaco Peyper’s mic.

“Who do you think you are? You’re a shit Richie McCaw pal,” O’Mahony is reported to have told the Chiefs’ veteran.

Given McCaw is arguably the greatest player to ever pull on a pair of rugby boots, it’s hardly the worst thing you could say to a [professional rugby player.

It may however be a little close to the bone for Cane, who has never quite won over the wider New Zealand public or at least not quite convinced as McCaw’s heir apparent on the openside. Frequent headlines decry his continued selection when fit for the All Blacks.


McCaw has been a hard act to follow and the comment will doubt be water off the duck’s back for the veteran of 79 All Blacks Tests.

Whether you’re a fan of sledging or not, O’Mahony certainly shone for Ireland, an eye-cathing 50:22 on the hoof the pick of the highlights from the 32-year-old.

He backed up an equally impressive first Test last week in Auckland even if on that occasion the scoreline was drastically different for the Irish.


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Mzilikazi 2 hours ago
Is the Six Nations balance of power shifting?

An hugely interesting article. Thanks, Nick. Some seem to find this a poor 6 N, but I think it has thrown up a number of fascinating contests. Ofc the falling away of France is always going to be a major point of discussion. The loss of both half backs has hurt them for sure. But they should still be better. Both France and England could easily have been sitting with three defeats right now, especially France. In England’s case, I thought the try Mitchell scored against the Italians was lucky, as he was clearly held in the tackle , but carried on to the line without releasing and regaining the ball. The English blitz defence being talked about so much is still a work in progress, and Ireland, with their powerful men in both backs and forwards can do damage there. I also thought in last weekends game against Scotland, England were pushingtheir luck at the breakdowns, turning them into a chaotic brawl. A different referee may not see it their way so much against Ireland and France. Ireland’s front row does concern me. The starters have not always looked in control, and Andrew Porter is a worry, as he will now be very closely watched in these next two games. Tadgh Furlong is not the player he was at the set piece, and will need to be on his mettle against the very streetwise Genge at Twickenham. I really enjoyed the stats heavy approach in this article. So much that passes one by are brought starkly into the light of day. Finn Russell’s deadly accuracy, the significance of the Welsh backrow duo, Italy’s attacking drop of under a new coach, as they are coming much closer to winning in these games this year.

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