Peter O'Mahony shown red card for 'head blow' with his elbow to become first Ireland player ever sent off in Six Nations

PETER O'MAHONY was sent off in Ireland's opening match of the 2021 Six Nations.

The flanker was shown red after a TMO review early in the first half.

Referee Wayne Barnes was left with no option but to send the Munster captain off – after he charged into a ruck with a swinging arm.

Wales' Tomos Francis found himself in an awkward position at a breakdown – leaning backwards and facing the Irish side.

O'Mahony charged in from distance but came in too high and caught Francis in the face.

Wayne Barnes originally ruled the clear-out as legal but after reviewing the footage after a TMO interjection – O'Mahony received his marching orders.

O'Mahony became the first ever Irish player to be sent off in the Six Nations.

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