From Six Nations woe to Lion King: A timetime of Peter O'Mahony's meteoric rise
Peter O’Mahony has been named British and Irish Lions captain for the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday.
It completes a remarkable change in fortunes for the Ireland flanker (right), who few had backed for selection until a fateful conclusion to the RBS 6 Nations.
Here, we examine the timeline for his rise:
February 25, 2017 — Makes his first appearance of the Six Nations as a final-quarter replacement in Ireland’s 19-9 victory over France in Dublin having recovered from a hamstring injury.
March 10 — Replaces CJ Stander in the 63rd minute of a 22-9 loss to Wales in Cardiff.
March 18 — Jamie Heaslip sustains an ankle injury in the warm-up to England’s visit to the Aviva Stadium, resulting in O’Mahony’s promotion from the bench. Produces a man-of-the-match performance as England are denied the Grand Slam by a 13-9 defeat.
April 12 — O’Mahony named in Lions squad for summer tour to New Zealand. Ireland and Lions defence coach Andy Farrell reveals his performance against England was instrumental in his call-up.
June 7 — Makes Lions debut as a third-quarter replacement for James Haskell in a 22-16 defeat by the Blues in Auckland.
June 10 — Starting at blindside flanker, O’Mahony impresses as the Lions defeat the Crusaders 12-3 in Christchurch in one of two matches billed as an unofficial fourth Test.
June 15 — Named skipper against the Maori All Blacks after tour captain Sam Warburton is confined to a replacement’s role as he continues his return from an ankle injury.
June 17 — O’Mahony excels as the Maori are crushed 32-10 in Rotorua, placing him in pole position to start the first Test against the All Blacks in the number six jersey.
June 21 — Completes startling promotion through the Lions ranks by being named captain for the series opener at Eden Park on Saturday.
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