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Why the chips aren’t down for Sean O’Brien after trip to Vegas

Published 11/07/2014 | 14:42

Sean O'Brien is looking forward to the start of the new rugby season.
Sean O'Brien is looking forward to the start of the new rugby season.

He may have made a financial loss during a summer trip to Las Vegas, but after an enjoyable break Sean O’Brien is eagerly awaiting the start of the season.

The explosive flanker was excused from international duty as Ireland enjoyed a 2-0 series win over Argentina in an effort to fully recover from a shoulder injury.

“I feel great,” the Carlow native said.

“It gave the shoulder a bit of time to relax. It was good to recharge the batteries.”

The ‘Tullow Tank’ says the decision to stay at home was made with Irish coach Joe Schmidt and he revealed how he kept himself busy since the end of last season.

“I went to Vegas,” O’Brien conceded “but I was down. Way down.”

“I was working at home (family farm) too,” he added while he also demonstrated his versatility by turning out for Carlow GAA side the Fighting Cocks.

Now his attentions are turned towards the new season and he admits he cannot wait for it to get going.

“I feel great. It gave the shoulder a bit of time to relax. It was good to recharge the batteries,” he enthused.

“Last week we were called back in. It was a tough week’s training,” he admitted.

“It’s now all systems go now.”

O’Brien said it was sobering to see the career of former international team-mate Stephen Ferris end prematurely and it has given him plenty of food for thought.

“He’s so young, only a year and a half older than me.”

“The game has gone so physical, it’s a reminder to get your skates on for life after rugby.”

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