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Monday 23 October 2017

Leinster star Sean O’Brien won’t rule out move to France

If Leinster had no Heineken Cup to play for, would players like Sean O'Brien leave these shores?
If Leinster had no Heineken Cup to play for, would players like Sean O'Brien leave these shores?

LEINSTER flanker Sean O’Brien has refused to rule out a move to France at the end of the season.

Speaking on Newstalk this morning, O’Brien said that while he loved playing for Leinster and Ireland, he had to consider his options.

“It is something that I would have to consider. At the minute, I am playing for Leinster and Ireland and I love playing for both sides. That's where I want to be.

“I have to take into consideration my best interests. I have to look after me. There is a bit of a grey area there."

The Ireland and Leinster star is out of contract at the end of the season and said that he could not rule out a move to the France.

O'Brien and his Leinster teammate Jamie Heaslip have both been linked with moves to the Top 14, with Clermont thought to be interested in both players.

O’Brien’s former Leinster teammate Johnny Sexton moved to Racing Metro at the start of the season after failing to agree terms with the IRFU.

Yesterday Sexton urged the IRFU to tie players like Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien to long term contracts “before it gets messy”.

The Ireland outhalf, who moved from Leinster to play for Racing Metro at the start of this season, has said that the IRFU should ensure that the best homegrown talent stays in Ireland.

“There are some very important players to Irish rugby who are out of contract at the end of the season. I hope they sit down with these guys and get it sorted before it gets messy. They could do it now before there are other clubs sniffing around. They could have done it a few weeks ago.”

Sexton also said the players were simply looking for security with longer term contracts.

“The players just want security,” he said. “It’s a great thing as a player when you have security for another few years. In the summer time the players would take that security every day of the week.”

Even though some of the Irish players, like Heaslip and O’Brien are being linked with moves to French clubs, Sexton also revealed that he’s rather see them playing in Ireland.

“It might contradictory because I  left to play elsewhere. But I hope guys like Jamie and Sean get tied into long term contracts in Ireland. Even if it was a possibly that they’d be joining the club that I am at. I’d still hope that they stay here. It’s better for Irish rugby if they stay here.”

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