Six Nations 2013: Peter O’Mahony plots long future with Ireland

Six Nations 2013: Peter O'Mahony admits that he's feeling on top of the world after being selected in the Irish side to face Wales

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Jamie Heaslip was named as Ireland captain last week Photo: M+MD, via Flickr

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Peter O’Mahony admits he’s feeling on top of the world as he prepares for his tenth cap for Ireland this weekend – but vowed there’s plenty more to come.

O’Mahony, 23, will line up in the second row at the Millennium Stadium in the Six Nations 2013 curtain-raiser alongside Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip, with Ulster’s Chris Henry making do with a place on the bench.

It marks a meteoric rise for O’Mahony, who has established himself as a key part of Munster’s side and has captained the province, as well as winning his first cap during last year’s competition.

He started both of Ireland’s autumn internationals against South Africa and Argentina, and fended off considerable competition from Henry, who has been in impressive form for Ulster.

And O’Mahony is relishing being part of Ireland’s future plans, having just signed a new contract with the IRFU lasting until 2015.

“It has been a really enjoyable journey so far for me,” he told the Irish Independent.

“The last two seasons, in particular, have been exciting, from breaking into the Munster team and captaining the side and then earning my first cap for Ireland.

“I’m thoroughly enjoying my rugby at the moment and feel there is much more that we can achieve with Munster and Ireland over the next couple of years and I wanted very much to be a part of that.”

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