Leinster: Legendary flanker Sean O’Brien returns to Dublin outfit as coach

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Leinster have announced the arrival of former player Sean O’Brien, who has agreed to become their contact skills coach ahead of next season.

The ex-Ireland flanker, who earned 56 caps for the national team and another five for the British and Irish Lions, spent the majority of his playing career at the Dubliners.

He helped them to four top-tier European titles and five PRO12/14 successes before departing the province for English Premiership side London Irish in 2019.

The 35-year-old played his last game for the Exiles a week-and-a-half ago in their 27-24 defeat to Bath.

Bright future in coaching

“It is great to be able to welcome Seán back home to Leinster,” head coach Leo Cullen said.

“On the rugby pitch, Seán at his best was virtually unplayable and he was an amazing contributor to Leinster, Ireland and the Lions.

“In a Leinster shirt, he played a key role in some of our greatest days on the European stage and we hope he can pass on some of his vast experience and winning mentality to our current squad.

“I know that Seán has always been a keen student of the game and has been heavily involved with coaching in Tullow RFC going back to his early playing days. We believe he has a very bright future in coaching and I think it’s a win-win for both sides to have him back here.

“In addition to his experience, Seán has always been a brilliant presence in the Leinster changing room and I think our group will be excited and energised by having him back involved.”

O’Brien replaces fellow ex-Ireland back-row Denis Leamy, who will depart at the end of the campaign after agreeing a deal with Munster.

“I always said that you’d never know what the future holds and I’ve taken my time to work out what’s next for me,” the former flanker said.

“While I have loved my time with London Irish and living in London, the time is right to move back home and this is a brilliant opportunity now to get back and to get back to work with Leinster Rugby.

“I’d like to thank Leo for the opportunity and it’s an exciting one. Building on the great work of Hugh Hogan and most recently Denis Leamy, I can’t wait to get stuck in.

“Working with players that I already know but there is also some real talent coming through and to be having my first coaching opportunity back home at Leinster, is pretty special. They’ve got a busy week ahead of them with Glasgow to come on Saturday and I’ll be a very keen supporter watching them to the end of the season.”

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