Peter O'Mahony believes that new Munster signings RG Snyman and Damien de Allende fit the bill to produce a championship-winning team.

The two-time Heineken Cup winners are without a trophy since 2011 when they picked up the Pro12 title, and were thwarted at the semi-final stage for three years in a row in the Champions Cup between 2017 and 2019. 

Their campaign this season came to an end in the pool stages.

Back row O’Mahony, 30, cited the success of the other provinces, notably Leinster who conquered Europe with the help of Aussie Rocky Elsom in 2009. 

Kiwi Brad Thorn was a major part of their 2012 title and Isa Nacewa returned from early retirement to lead them to a record-equaling fourth crown in 2018.

Ulster, who were beaten finalists in 2012, were led by Springbok Ruan Pienaar that season. 

Former Lions Test captain O’Mahony welcomed the addition of the two World Cup winners. 

Second row Snyman featured in every game for South Africa in Japan, while centre De Allende started six of his seven games along the way to Webb Ellis glory.

Johann van Graan's side have also added full-back Matt Gallagher from Saracens, while prop Romano Salanoa has joined from Leinster. 

Munster returned to moderated training last week and O’Mahony, who is in the same training group as the 25-year-old lock, is happy with what he has seen so far.

"He's an impressive-looking man," said O’Mahony, a GreenAware ambassador.

"He's certainly a second row anyway, 6ft 10ins or 6ft 11ins, whatever he is, he's a big man and he's fairly athletic from what I've seen so far. 

"It's great to have guys of that calibre on board. You've seen teams that have won in the provinces over the last 10 or 12 years, we've had some spectacular signings, be it Munster, Leinster, Connacht or Ulster.

"They've been incredibly important to us and I've no doubt the calibre of signing we've done this summer is going to be very important to us going forward. 

"They can't do anything but add to the group and add to the competitiveness and the drive to win things. It's certainly good timing to have these guys on board." 

As it stands, a series of behind-closed-doors inter-provincial games are on the agenda for mid-August, all dependent, of course, on the coronavirus problem in Ireland staying manageable.

Further down the line the 2020 Six Nations has to be finished with Ireland still to play Italy and France. One possibility is that they would be merged with the autumn internationals.

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For O'Mahony, who has 67 Ireland caps, it’s one step at a time and he reckons the the enforced break may be of benefit in the long term.

"I'm just looking forward to getting back playing with Munster," he said. 

"I think 23 August is Leinster in the Aviva and no better way to get back into it. That for me is goal number one and we'll take it from there." 

"[Training] is a bit different but the main thing is that we're back, to be honest. It's different. We were in sixes last week and 12s on Monday and Tuesday, so we're getting back to some normality.

"Obviously, there are going to be things that change for a long time, the way we can gym and that kind of thing, we're still practicing social distancing and all of those guidelines. 

"I think [in rugby terms, the break] was great. 

"For someone around my age who, even speaking to a few of the guys how have finished up, I haven't really had any long-term injury, touch wood, since the 2015 World Cup.

"So I've pretty much as good as played every game since then. It's been a big workload on my body. 

"I probably couldn't have asked for better timing to have 12 or 13 weeks off from rugby to rejuvenate. Who knows, it might give me another couple of years at the other end of it."