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'Tullow Tank' signs for Mumford & Sean charity night

FROM sports star to singer – rugby player Sean O'Brien will now line out with a microphone for a charity talent competition.

The 'Tullow Tank' is to take to the stage for one night only on March 16 as part of the Tullow Rugby Football Club's latest fundraising venture.

O'Brien has signed on to compete in the local charity event, and attendees hope he will recreate his now famous Mumford & Sons impression.

The audience at the Carlow version of Stars In Their Eyes will see the Irish and British Lion battle it out against 15 locals at Mount Wolesley Hotel by trying to impress with their vocal skills.

Each contestant will put their musical abilities to the test as they transform into a well-known pop star.

O'Brien has insisted he will sing his rendition of Mumford & Sons' I Will Wait.

The Leinster back has already proven he can belt out the notes of the hugely popular tune, singing it on video in Australia after Warren Gatland's Lions team beat the Wallabies to bag the test series last July.


The performance took place in a bar in Sydney and instantly became a YouTube sensation.

With musically-minded O'Brien playing his part in his local community, it is unlikely he will fly to Paris to watch his Irish team-mates take on France in their final match of the 2014 Six Nations campaign.

Brian O'Driscoll and the boys in green will travel to the Stade de France on March 15 with the hope of bagging the Six Nations championship.

O'Brien is currently out of action with a shoulder injury and an infection, but has insisted his rehab is progressing well.

"It's coming along quite good. Things have been moving in the right direction, so I must say I'm very pleased with that," he said.