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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby olaf the fat » February 11th, 2019, 5:22 pm

:happy clapper: :happy clapper: :happy clapper:
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby colster » February 11th, 2019, 6:01 pm

https://www.leinsterrugby.ie/sean-obrie ... -rwc-2019/

It's official. What a player. Privileged to have seen him play in Blue and Green. All the best Seanie!!
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby FLIP » February 11th, 2019, 7:14 pm

Good luck to him. London Irish is an odd choice for such a competitive player but for what they're giving him it'll be worth it.
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby riocard911 » February 11th, 2019, 7:50 pm

FLIP wrote:Good luck to him. London Irish is an odd choice for such a competitive player but for what they're giving him it'll be worth it.


As far as I can see it's a win-win situation. Seanie makes a killing to soften the end of his career, while LI get a big box-office signing, who can drive up standards across the squad and academy. Go n-éirí an t-ádh leis!!!!!!
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby Oldschool » February 11th, 2019, 8:17 pm

riocard911 wrote:
FLIP wrote:Good luck to him. London Irish is an odd choice for such a competitive player but for what they're giving him it'll be worth it.


As far as I can see it's a win-win situation. Seanie makes a killing to soften the end of his career, while LI get a big box-office signing, who can drive up standards across the squad and academy. Go n-éirí an t-ádh leis!!!!!!

You must be his agent.
You're good tho, I'll give you that.
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby CiaranIrl » February 11th, 2019, 9:55 pm

What a player. So many great memories over the years, particularly the 2011 run. Total legend.

It's a weird one though. I sort of expected him to retire after the world cup, so Im fine about it and weirdly - not disappointed. I'm glad he's getting a last hurrah. Deserves everything he gets.
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby ronk » February 12th, 2019, 2:56 am

He's still a brilliant player and he looks like he's adapting him game a little to preserve himself.
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby fourthirtythree » February 13th, 2019, 12:20 am

Every chance. He'll have himself an indian summer and not a person would begrudge it of a man who gave his all for us and ireland.

But where are the pitchfork wielding masses complaining that he wasnt offered a central contract despite his age and injury profile? Where are the endless columns complaining about Dublin bias? Where are the long ex-pros being quoted at length saying they are "100% sure he wants to stay at Leinster" despite admitting not having talked to him?

Ive got to say his leaving is being treated with a lot more dignity than certain other departures...

We may miss his power, explosiveness and unshakeable presence but i like to remember his workrate, determination, and intelligence. He was always patronised outside Leinster (in Ireland) and the simple fact that he is a smart pro gers overlooked in the cliched narrative about him.
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby Pendragon » February 13th, 2019, 9:44 am

A better deal for Sean than London Irish. He needs to be careful though, a different league with different challenges. They could easily get relegated in his first season.

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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby ronk » February 13th, 2019, 10:06 am

It's a decent deal for London Irish and an outstanding one if he goes on a run of fitness.

Given the way he was rushing back from injury to get broken again on international duty he might have a better time.
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby mildlyinterested » February 13th, 2019, 10:18 am

Happy will are very unlikely to ever play against him.
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby johng » February 13th, 2019, 11:38 am

mildlyinterested wrote:Happy will are very unlikely to ever play against him.

Tempting fate there.... If they can scrape into the top 6 in the next 2 years we will inevitably draw them.
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby mildlyinterested » February 13th, 2019, 11:45 am

johng wrote:
mildlyinterested wrote:Happy will are very unlikely to ever play against him.

Tempting fate there.... If they can scrape into the top 6 in the next 2 years we will inevitably draw them.


I'd be surprised if they did. But stranger things have happened.
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby Leoslovechild » February 13th, 2019, 2:36 pm

johng wrote:
mildlyinterested wrote:Happy will are very unlikely to ever play against him.

Tempting fate there.... If they can scrape into the top 6 in the next 2 years we will inevitably draw them.


and he'll probably be injured!
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby Peg Leg » February 13th, 2019, 2:40 pm

johng wrote:
mildlyinterested wrote:Happy will are very unlikely to ever play against him.

Tempting fate there.... If they can scrape into the top 6 in the next 2 years we will inevitably draw them.

They've signed Naholo too... this all seems inevitable at this stage.
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby Ruckedtobits » February 13th, 2019, 3:22 pm

London Irish, with two highly experienced and successful Coaches, are a very different kettle of fish to the previous incarnation in the Premiership. The quality of rugby isn't high in Premiership games and if LI can gather together a durable front-five, their recruitment of O'Brien and Jackson & Naholo could pay good dividends and certainly top 6.

Sean will find it a very different League though with Refs who don't allow poaching and the tactic of running big strong centres at the backroww in an attempt to create space out wide. Hard grafting for a No. 7, so maybe Kidney will use him more like a No. 6.
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby artaneboy » February 13th, 2019, 6:38 pm

ronk wrote:It's a decent deal for London Irish and an outstanding one if he goes on a run of fitness.

Given the way he was rushing back from injury to get broken again on international duty he might have a better time.


There will be even less concern at rushing him back by LI, than might be alleged by Ireland. Seanie will be their marquee forward signing and they'll want him on the park ASAP and sod the consequences. But- who knows, maybe he'll get a late career period of being injury free. If he does- LI have signed a great, great deal.
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby LeinsterLeader » May 5th, 2019, 6:43 pm

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/article-6993403/Sean-OBrien-admits-reluctance-leave-Leinster-ahead-London-Irish-move.html

Disappointing the way Seanies time with us has finished. He says he's not bitter but I sense he is a bit. He said he would have stayed for 1/4 of the money LI were offering and he really wanted to finish his career here. I suppose that's professional sport but sorry he's not leaving more on his own terms.
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby wixfjord » May 5th, 2019, 7:04 pm

I read this and couldn't really figure out if the quarter comment was accurate.

He's on 1.2m over three years in London Irish seemingly. Quarter of that would be 300k over three years here.

Surely he was at least offered that?

Maybe he means he wasn't offered a three year contract by Leinster?

Also he'd be absolutely mad not to take a three year deal on such huge money!
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Re: Sean O'Brien

Postby LeinsterLeader » May 5th, 2019, 8:02 pm

wixfjord wrote:I read this and couldn't really figure out if the quarter comment was accurate.

He's on 1.2m over three years in London Irish seemingly. Quarter of that would be 300k over three years here.

Surely he was at least offered that?

Maybe he means he wasn't offered a three year contract by Leinster?

Also he'd be absolutely mad not to take a three year deal on such huge money!

Maybe he wasn't given an offer at all. Maybe because he's played so little for Leinster over the space of the last contract that he wasn't seen as a viable option at all. I suppose it is a business after all.
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