Munster legend Peter O’Mahony has stepped away from his role of squad captain after 10 years in the leadership role.
In a statement, Peter O’Mahony has said: “Captaining Munster has been a dream come true for me.
“I grew up watching and idolising the Munster team and in particular the people who were leading the team.
“People like Mick Galwey, Jim Williams then on to the likes of ROG and Paul, who I had the privilege of playing with at the start of my career.
“I can remember the day I was asked to be captain like it was yesterday and discussing it with Paul to get his approval.
“From that day to this it’s been an utter privilege and has never been something I’ve taken for granted.
“However, having given a huge amount of thought to it, I think it is the right time to step back from the role to share my experiences and give the same guidance that I received when I took on the role.
“What an unbelievable honour it has been…and will always continue to be.”
Head coach Graham Rowntree, who now has the task of picking a new captain for the side, said: “You couldn’t pick a better leader than Pete and he has been a fantastic captain for this club.
“To lead Munster from such a young age and for so many years speaks volumes of his ability as a player on the pitch and a person off it.
“He commands huge respect and will still be a massive leader within the group. To have someone of Pete’s experience on hand to help us with the succession process is invaluable.
“We have a strong leadership group within the squad and will confirm a new squad captain in due course.”
O’Mahony has recently returned to Ireland after competing in the recent World Cup alongside many of his current teammates. The World Cup journey was cut shorter that anticipated by many of the players and fans, with the men in green falling at the quarter final stage once again.
The 34-year-old has had more luck with Munster in recent times, however, guiding them to a terrific URC win over the Stormers at the end of last season.