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Ireland sweat over Peter O'Mahony hamstring strain

Updated: Monday, 24 Feb 2014 23:55 | Comments

Peter O'Mahony picked up a hamstring strain against England
Peter O'Mahony picked up a hamstring strain against England

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Peter O'Mahony is the only serious injury concern to emerge from Ireland's disappointing 13-10 RBS 6 Nations defeat to England on Saturday.

Ireland were edged out by their hosts in a tight encounter at Twickenham and O'Mahony went off injured midway through the second half.

Ireland team management confirmed that the Munster back-row suffered a hamstring strain and he will be monitored by the medical team over the course of the coming week.

There is good news elsewhere, however, as Brian O'Driscoll, who also left the field of play against England has been diagnosed with nothing more than cramp in his calf.

O'Driscoll will also be assessed in the coming week, but no long term ill-effects are expected. 

The match day squad will assemble on Wednesday for a two-day camp in Belfast this week.

Ireland's loss to England means no team can claim a Grand Slam this season, but Joe Schmidt's side can still steal the title.

England, Wales and France could all yet grab championship glory, though, leaving Schmidt circumspect about Ireland's silverware chances.

After victories over Scotland and Wales, Schmidt said the England defeat means Ireland can ill afford to look any further than facing the Italians.

"The title might become a carrot if we can take care of Italy," said Schmidt.

"We have to try to build piece by piece, especially when you trip up.

"We'd taken two good steps, but to trip up on this one, we don't want to then try to take a giant leap, because you're not in as strong a position.

"You just want to make sure the next step is firmly planted, secure, and we'll work towards that over the next two weeks.

"You cannot come to Twickenham, roll your sleeves up like that and not feel proud of the people that put 100 per cent into it.

"Afterwards they felt frustrated and disappointed, and the least I can do is feel proud of the effort and endeavour.

"We're trying to help ourselves along though, so we'll have a pretty forensic look at it, and be fairly brutal with each other about what we need to get right.

"At the same time we'll be pretty positive about that effort and endeavour, and a number of the things we did pretty well."

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