Sean O’Brien is a Rugby Union player from Tullow, Co Carlow, Ireland. Regarded as one of the most effective back row players in the game, he first played for the Ireland senior team in November 2007. For his speed, powerful runs, ability to carry the ball, counter rucking and defensive tackling, O’Brien has come to be known as the ‘Tullow Tank’.
Sean Kevin O’Brien was born in Tullow, County Carlow in February 1987. He was educated at Tullow Community School and UCD (University College Dublin). Having played with Tullow Rugby Club and Irish Youths, O’Brien was awarded a Leinster Academy contract in 2005/06. He was a member of the Ireland Under-20 team which won the 2007 Grand Slam.
In 2008 O’Brien made his debut for his home province, Leinster in the Celtic league against Cardiff Blues. In December of the same year he played his first game in the Heineken Cup against French side Castres. He was a member of the Leinster team which beat Northampton Saints to win the Heineken Cup in 2011. He has since made 98 appearances for his province. He continues to play for Leinster and signed a three year contract with the Province in December 2015.
Sean O’Brien made his first appearance for the Ireland team in the Autumn Tests of 2009 when he came on as a substitute first against Fiji on November 21st. A week later he also came on as a substitute against South Africa. He made his first appearance in the Six Nations Championships in 2010, again coming on as a substitute against Italy. In the Six nation Championships of 2011 O’Brien started every game for Ireland and was awarded Man of the Match for his performance against Italy.
For the 2011 World Cup O’Brien travelled to New Zealand as part of the Irish Squad. He played in all of Ireland’s six World Cup games and started against Australia, Russia, Italy and Wales. In 2013 he was selected to tour Australia with the British and Irish Lions squad. The Lions won the test series and O’Brien played in both the second and third test matches. O’Brien was a member of the Ireland team which successfully retained the Six-Nation championship in 2015. In the 2015 Rugby World Cup O’Brien was awarded man-of-the-match for his performance against France.
‘Allez les Verts’
Sean O’Brien was born in the year 1987 On This Day.
O’Brien with the scrum cap
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