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Leinster's Sean O'Brien. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Leinster's Sean O'Brien. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Leinster's Sean O'Brien. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

SEAN O'BRIEN has signed a new two-year contract with Leinster and the IRFU.

"We are absolutely delighted. It is fantastic news for both Leinster and Ireland," said team manager Guy Easterby this morning.

It is believed the 26-year-old flanker will become one of the best paid players in Ireland, possibly second only to Jamie Heaslip.

This brings to a satisfactory conclusion a long, drawn-out process that saw O'Brien visit Toulon as recently as last week to consider a huge financial offer tabled by owner Mourad Boudjellal.

O'Brien is currently in the process of a rehabilitation programme from surgery to a dislocated shoulder which may keep him out until next season.

Meanwhile, Richardt Strauss has made a sensational return from heart surgery to make the bench for Leinster against The Ospreys in the Heineken Cup tomorrow night.


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