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Peter O'Mahony
Peter O'Mahony

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ireland vice-captain Peter O'Mahony says the onus is on the players to fix the issues that went so badly wrong against England last Saturday.

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A hurting O'Mahony expressed regret at letting down fans on the opening day of the team's Six Nations title defence, but defended their tactics and insisted there is no reason to panic ahead of the trip to Scotland on Saturday.

"You cannot be feeling sorry for yourself, you cannot be moping around," O'Mahony said. "It is not something we are used to, Ireland losing rugby games.

"It is not something that sits well with us. It hurt us. That is only natural for a competitive athlete to be hurt after something like that. But you can't let that fester because the beauty of it is that you have a massive international this weekend.

"For those of us who will get a chance to play on Saturday, there is a big onus on guys to be able to put the jersey back where we want to put it. It is all about that (the players taking ownership).

"We are given an excellent plan every week. You have guys like Johnny (Sexton) and Besty (Rory) who grab it by the throat and move it on.

"We hold ourselves accountable, and we know it needs to be better and that is something we want to put ourselves right."

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