Ireland heroes return to Munster fold

Peter O'Mahony who is expected to line out for Munster against Glasgow on Saturday.

FRESH from helping Ireland secure only a fourth ever Grand Slam with victory over England at the weekend, Peter O’Mahony – along with Conor Murray and Craig Casey – is expected to be part of the Munster XV which host Glasgow Warriors in Saturday evening’s important URC outing with Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park, kick-off 5.15pm.

With final placings for next year’s Champions Cup now based on URC league standing, Graham Rowntree’s side are in need of the precious league points on offer, with two away contests to follow in South Africa.

O’Mahony, the Munster skipper, Murray and Casey will all be key to securing a crucial victory at the weekend.

In player news at the province, it has been confirmed that Malakai Fekitoa will join Benetton at the end of the season on completion of his Munster contract; French club Oyonnax have announced the signing of Chris Farrell; Cian Hurley will move up from Academy to the senior squad next season; Chris Moore has signed a contract extension, while James French is to depart for in May “a new playing opportunity.”

Ireland also won the Under-20 Grand Slam over the weekend, courtesy of a smashing 36-24 win over England at a heaving Musgrave Park in Cork.  The team included Garryowen’s Brian Gleeson, who scored a delightful try and was named player-of-the-match, and Ruadhán Quinn of Old Crescent. 

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It’s the first occasion a nation has won both Grand Slam titles in the same season.