Championship leaders London Irish have announced the signing of Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien, following the conclusion of this year’s Rugby World Cup.

O’Brien joins London Irish from Leinster where he has played his whole career.

The 31-year old made his debut for Leinster in 2008 against the Cardiff Blues, in his 11-year spell with the province he has made over 100 appearances, as well as winning four Heineken Champions Cups and two Pro-14 titles.

O’Brien made his international debut in 2009, coming off the bench against Fiji. Since his debut, he has amassed a total of 54 caps for his country, alongside 5 caps for the British and Irish Lions.

It was London Irish’s Director of Rugby, Declan Kidney who gave O’Brien his first cap, and he is delighted to be working with him again, saying;

“Sean has proven himself time and time again to be a quality player who sets very high standards for himself and those around him, he leads by example and has a winning mentality.”

“We are delighted that Sean wants to come and be a part of our journey as we move back into West London at the new Brentford Community Stadium in August 2020 after he has finished his commitments to Leinster and Ireland at the end of this year.”

O’Brien recognises that the ambition of the club is one of the reasons he has decided to move to England.

“I’ll roll up the sleeves and use my experience to re-establish London Irish as a top club in England.” he said.

“After speaking with Declan it was obvious the ambition London Irish have as a club,

It’s a club that’s been around for a long time and there’s an obvious connection to Ireland with some greats of Irish rugby having previously worn the jersey.”

O’Brien joins Scottish international Allan Dell and Australian’s Nick Phipps and Curtis Rona in joining the current Championship leaders ahead of next season.


Written by Sam Bytheway