CAPTAIN Peter O’Mahony is a doubtful starter for Munster’s United Rugby Championship fixture with Vodacom Bulls at Thomond Park on Saturday next, kick-off 7.35pm.
O’Mahony, who has made over 160 appearances with the province, was forced-off injured in the weekend defeat to Connacht. In a squad update this Tuesday lunchtime, the club reported: “Peter is being assessed for a neck injury and his availability will be determined later this week.”
Head Coach Graham Rowntree is also sweating on injuries to Liam Coombes (hamstring) and Fineen Wycherley (shoulder), whose weekend participation is also under a cloud.
A definite non-starter is Mike Haley, who continues his rehabilitation from a groin problem. Also, currently on the treatment table are RG Snyman (knee), Jack Daly (knee), Alex Kendellen (head), Paddy Kelly (head), Keith Earls (thigh), Andrew Conway (knee), Simon Zebo (calf).
Academy back-row forward Daniel Okeke has undergone surgery on a hamstring injury and has been ruled out until possibly the New Year.
It has also been confirmed that Luke Rigney (Shannon) has been released from Munster, having joined the club on a short-term contract in the Summer.