Ireland’s Player Of The November Series Can Only Be One Man
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Ireland made to back-to-back clean sweeps in November this month, defeating Italy, Argentina, world champions New Zealand and USA Eagles, laying down a serious marker ahead of the Six Nations and 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Joe Schmidt used 41 of his 42 players selected throughout the month, with only Robbie Henshaw failing to get on the field due to an unfortunate hamstring injury picked up in the warm-up for the Argentina game.
A number of players impressed throughout the series including youngster Jordan Larmour, newly capped Will Addison, Munster winger Andrew Conway and the ever-impressive Johnny Sexton and Tadhg Furlong. But the player of the series accolade can only go to one man.
Despite only playing two of Ireland’s four games, Peter O’Mahony stood shoulders above the rest, with his man of the match performance against the All Blacks up there as one of the all-time great performances in an Irish jersey.
He made a crucial steal in the lineout for Luke McGrath’s all-important try in the 66th minute against Argentina to secure the win and don’t get us started on what he did in the New Zealand game. His incredible intercept from Barrett’s kick, his turnover in the build-up to Stockdale’s try and his heroic effort before he was forced off to name but three.
Our deserved man of the series.