"It can be cruel at times" - Sean O'Brien on Peter O'Mahony red card fall-out
"It can be cruel at times."
Ireland go into their next three games in the 2021 Six Nations without the services of Peter O'Mahony.
Given the head injuries sustained by James Ryan and Johnny Sexton in Ireland's loss to Wales, last weekend, O'Mahony would have been next in line as Ireland captain. As it is, O'Mahony is suspended until the final game of the championship with one Welsh player believing he should be out for the entire championship.
"I don't think he was going in to get him, chicken-wing him, or anything like that," said O'Brien. "He just wanted to git the ruck hard and it didn't come out right for him."
O'Brien is in a good position to understand what O'Mahony is going through right now. He was suspended for a World Cup quarter final against Argentina, in 2015, after punching France forward Pascal Papé in a pool match.
He escaped sanction during the game but his subsequent ban hit an injury-ravaged Ireland side [O'Mahony, Paul O'Connell and Johnny Sexton were all missing from that Argentina game].
"It does sit badly with you for a while, I'll be honest with you, when you do let the side, the management... let everyone down.
"But that's sport, at the end of the day. You have to move on. It can be cruel at times."
Really great insight from @SeanOBrien1987 on Ireland's shaky start and the flak received by Pete O'Mahony and Billy Burns since that loss to Wales
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Tompkins himself was fortunate in his last outing not to be cautioned by referee Wayne Barnes when he deliberately batted a pass down fro Ireland's scrumhalf Jamison Gibson Park.
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