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Lions assistant coach Graham Rowntree during a press conference. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile.

Lions assistant coach Graham Rowntree during a press conference. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile.

Lions assistant coach Graham Rowntree during a press conference. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile.

FLANKER Sean O'Brien could yet play for Leinster in Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 final after making rapid progress in his recovery from a knee injury.

O'Brien was expected to be out for two weeks after incurring bone bruising in last weekend's Amlin Challenge Cup final victory over Stade Francais. But the injury is not as bad as initially feared and the 26-year-old Ireland back row could be in contention for selection against Ulster at the RDS.

"It's up to Sean and Leinster whether he plays, but he's a lot better than first thought," Lions forwards coach Graham Rowntree (pictured) said at Carton House, as the Lions prepare for the tour to Australia at the Kildare venue.

"Back row is Sean's best position – he can play in all three positions. He is an exceptional talent."


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