Iain Henderson on the new nickname given to Peter O’Mahony in the Ireland dressing room
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Ireland will take on Scotland in a crucial final fixture in Pool B this weekend as they look to secure top spot and a coveted place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.
A win for the men in green will likely set up a repeat of Ireland’s 2019 quarter-final match against the All Blacks but defeating Scotland is anything but a formality.
One man who has come into the starting line-up, however, is Iain Henderson who replaces James Ryan in the second row. He spoke to the media after Ireland’s team announcement and revealed that O’Mahony has a new nickname in the squad, coined by Dave Kilcoyne.
“The ‘Haggard Badger’, I think we’ve been calling him?” Henderson laughed.
“Pete’s a massive leader for our group, not only in terms of rugby but in terms of what we stand for as players, the social side of things that we stand for, how well knitted together we are, he’s a massive part of that.
“Obviously I’m sure a lot of the cliches will come out now, but Peter rings true to most of them. He’s deserving of every minute of the jerseys he’s played in, and to this day, still nailing that down.
“You can see in Faz’s selections. And how highly Faz speaks of him, I think that all rings true to the type of person he is. And long may that continue.”