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Rugby Union

No Furlong doubts from O'Mahony

15th March 2019, 14:59 by Jack Ogalbe

Ireland's Peter O'Mahony says he has not doubts about Tadhg Furlong's selection to face wales on Saturday.

Beirne and James Ryan are set to form their country's fifth different second-row pairing in as many Six Nations games, as Joe Schmidt assesses his options ahead of the World Cup.

With Devin Toner and Iain Henderson injured, the Munster lock has got his chance to stake a claim for a place in Japan and will need to perform if the visitors to Cardiff are to prevent Warren Gatland's side claiming the Grand Slam.

A win in Cardiff could still see Ireland claim the Championship and flanker O'Mahony, who will pack down to the side of his provincial team-mate, is in no doubt the 27-year-old will shine at the Principality Stadium.

"I think Tadhg Beirne has set his own standards over the last two and a half to three years," he said.

"He gets his shot in the Six Nations and it's utterly deserved. He's put a lot of hard work in. He's got a couple of knocks here and there but he's worked hard over the last few weeks and guys know what he brings and how important he'll be to us.

"He's the complete package and I'm delighted to have him alongside us this weekend."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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