Wednesday 18 October 2017

Ronan O'Gara urges Sean O'Brien to stay with Leinster

Sean O'Brien
Sean O'Brien

Munster and Ireland legend Ronan O'Gara believes Tullow Tank Sean O'Brien should ignore overtures from Heineken Cup champions Toulon and stick with Leinster.

The Leinster and Ireland flanker checked out the club’s facilities and Stade Felix Mayol stadium last week, and according to The Irish Times is expected to arrive in France again tomorrow for further discussions.

The Carlow native is growing increasingly close to a move to the French giants but O'Gara believes that Jamie Heaslip would be much better suited to a move to the continent.

The Racing Metro kicking coach believes that Jamie Heaslip is at a point in his career where a move away from Ireland could be beneficial.

"I think the setup in Ireland is fantastic," O'Gara explained to Sky Sports News on Wednesday.

"They are two separate cases. I think Sean O'Brien is 26 and has 30 caps for Ireland while Jamie Heaslip is 30 and has 60 caps so you're not comparing like with like.

"Jamie is very durable and could easily stand up to the move and maybe it is time for him to make the best of his career and what's best for him financially and set himself up for the future.

"I think he has given everything to Leinster and Ireland so there comes a time where maybe yes he needs to do this.

The kicking coach added: "I think that someone like Sean O'Brien the same can apply in four years time. He doesn't need to make the move now. But, we're not privy to the deal that has been put on the table and he could be set up for a great career when rugby does end.

"These two players will attract the best of clubs and Toulon may appeal to them because there's a cultural change there but there's two separate arguments for both of them."

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