Six Nations 2013: Peter O’Mahony defends Ireland boss Declan Kidney

Six Nations 2013: Peter O'Mahony defends under-fire Ireland head coach Declan Kidney despite a disastrous campaign

Peter O’Mahony has leapt to the defence of under-fire Ireland boss Declan Kidney after their disastrous Six Nations campaign.

After winning their opening fixture against Wales at the Millennium Stadium, Ireland suffered losses to England, Scotland and Italy, while they drew a dour game against France.

Kidney was immediately under pressure ahead of the championships after he controversially axed legendary centre Brian O’Driscoll as skipper and handed the armband to No8 Jamie Heaslip.

A loss of form and some debilitating injuries didn’t help his cause, with many former Ireland internationals and supporters alike suggesting Kidney’s tenure as international boss should come to an end this summer.

O’Mahony thinks differently though, and the Munster star has called for Kidney not to be made a scapegoat for a below-par championships.

“The players should take the blame for what’s happened,” he said. “We’ve been given every opportunity to go out and play for Ireland.

“It has to come down to the players; I don’t know where the stick aimed at the coaches is coming from.

“All 23 of us in the squad against Italy and everyone in the extended training squad are 100 per cent behind the coaching staff.

“That will be the case until they move on, which hopefully won’t be any time soon.”

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