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Erasmus confirms O'Mahony will continue as Munster captain

The new South Africa director of rugby has backed O’Mahony to lead again.

MUNSTER DIRECTOR OF rugby Rassie Erasmus has confirmed that Peter O’Mahony will continue in his role as squad captain of the province.

Peter O'Mahony O'Mahony at Munster training last week. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

O’Mahony succeeded Doug Howlett as captain for the start of the 2013/14 season, and new Munster boss Erasmus has backed the 26-year-old to lead the province once again in 2016/17.

The 26-year-old back row missed the entire provincial campaign last season, with CJ Stander filling in as captain.

O’Mahony may be absent for the beginning of the upcoming season as he continues to rehabilitate the knee injury he suffered at last year’s World Cup, but he is expected to return to action at some point in September.

In a statement this morning, Munster said Erasmus’ decision to appoint O’Mahony as captain was met with “the full support of the squad.”

In getting to know this group of players over the last number of weeks Peter has stood out as a natural leader on and off the field,” said Erasmus.

“From a captaincy point of view I quickly realised there was no need to make any change in that regard.

“Although currently rehabbing, Peter still plays a massive role within the squad and is hugely respected by his peers. We all look forward to seeing him back on the pitch in the coming weeks.”

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