The future is bright: Sean O'Brien
3rd Year Academy
I was born in Galway but moved to Clarinbridge when I was two years old. I picked up rugby and hurling from an early age with Galwegians and Clarinbridge respectively. I have represented Ireland at U-18 Schools and Youths level as well as U-19 and U-20s.
I captained the Ireland U-20s in the 2014 Six Nations against Italy and France and was all set to continue with the team for the World Championship in New Zealand that summer but was ruled with an ankle injury. It was a tough blow but I just had to concentrate on returning from the surgery and getting back for Connacht.
This season, I made my senior debut away to Enisei-STM in the Challenge Cup.
Favourite Connacht game:
The win away to Toulouse.
Most memorable game I have played in?
All my Schools Cup games. Unfortunately we didn't win it but I'll always remember the atmosphere around the school. Outside of that, playing France in France in the U-20s Six Nations was fantastic. The crowd was the biggest I'd ever played in front of and the atmosphere was unforgettable.
The Sportsground, but I also really enjoy playing in Thomond Park.
Date of birth: December 9, 1994
Place of birth: Galway
Position: second row, blindside flanker or No 8
Club: Galwegians RFC
School: Cistercian College Roscrea, Calasanctius College Oranmore
University/College: Final year Civil Law in NUIG
Other sports played: I played a lot of hurling with Clarinbridge until I was 16 or 17. I dabbled in everything really but they were the two sports I played at a serious level.