Sean O’Brien has indicated that he’d prefer to stay at Leinster beyond the end of this season but admitted he will consider all of his options before signing a new deal with the IRFU.

The Ireland flanker’s two-year contract is up in June and he and his representatives have yet to begin discussions with union performance director David Nucifora about an extension.

The Tullow Tank came close to joining Toulon in 2014 when his future was last up for discussion, before deciding to remain at home at the eleventh hour. After his excellent World Cup displays, O’Brien is likely to attract strong interest from all the big-spending European clubs and he remains open to the “attractive” option of moving abroad.


However, he praised Nucifora’s impact on the renewal process and is hoping that the Australian presents him with a good deal.

“It’s something you want to get done quickly, then you have peace of mind and security,” he said. “The way it’s been structured, it’s been done quickly and effectively. The union have stepped up to the mark, Dave has done a great job.

“That has a part to play, it’s something I did think long and hard about and it is very attractive to go over somewhere foreign, to a different club.

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