Sean O'Brien

    Sean O'Brien
    Club / Province: UCD / Leinster
    Position: Flanker
    Date of Birth: 14/2/87
    Height: 1.88m
    Weight: 108Kg
    Honours: 65 Ireland Caps Six Nations Debut v Italy 6/2/2010 Debut 2009 v Fiji

    Hailing from Ardristan in Co.Carlow Sean came through the Irish Youth system before securing an academy contract with Leinster Rugby in 2006.

    Sean was a member of the Ireland U20 squad that won a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2007; also played for Ireland U21 at the World Junior Championship in France 2006

    He has been ever present in the Leinster backrow since making his Heineken debut in the 08/09 season. Give him the ball and he will run through walls, teak tough and an impressive turn of pace make him the ideal man to make hard yards. Given a wisp of an opportunity and he certainly knows his way to the try line. Sean has been one of the standout forwards in the Leinster pack this season.

    The Tullow Tank missed Ireland’s November test series following surgery to fix an ongoing hip injury, but he has returned to form in the blue of Leinster

    Member of 2011 RWC squad and one of the standout performers for the winning Lions team that beat Australia in 2013

    Fact Box

    • Former member of the Leinster Academy, represented the province at Schools, Youth, U20 and U21 levels, also playing with UCD.
    • Leinster senior debut was v Cardiff Blues at Arms Park, September 2008
    • Heineken Cup winner with Leinster 2011 and 2012 scoring a try in a man of the match winning performance against Ulster last year;
    • Magners League finalist 2011
    • Member of the Ireland U20 squad that won a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2007; also played for Ireland U21 at the Junior World Championship in France 2006
    • Ireland A debut came in summer of 2009 against Scotland in the Churchill Cup
    • Test debut was against Fiji at the RDS Dublin in November 2009, has since started in all three back row positions for Ireland
    • Made RBS 6 Nations bow against Italy at Croke Park in February 2010, but a broken leg curtailed his appearances that season.
    • Has missed starting one of Ireland's last 14 RBS 6 Nations matches, v Scotland round four last year
    • Named man of the match for Ireland against Italy in Rome, February 2011 and European Player of the Year the same season
    • Has scored two test tries; versus France in RWC warm up game at Aviva Stadium in August 2011, and most recently against Russia at RWC2011 in Rotorua