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Monday 22 January 2018

'Frustrated' Sean O'Brien has unfinished Lions business after 2013 tour


Sean O'Brien and Tommy Bowe celebrating the Lions' victory in 2013
Pic: Sportsfile
Sean O'Brien and Tommy Bowe celebrating the Lions' victory in 2013 Pic: Sportsfile
Leinster's Sean O'Brien. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Ruaidhri O'Connor​

Sean O'Brien believes he has done enough to put himself in the frame for Lions selection ahead of the imminent squad announcement.

Warren Gatland will announce his squad on Wednesday, April 19 and the Tullow Tank hopes that his display in Saturday's win over Wasps on top of his Six Nations performances will convince coach Warren Gatland to take him to New Zealand in June.

O'Brien was part of the squad in Australia in 2013, missing out on selection for the first Test before earning a spot on the bench in the second and starting the decider.

Having got over his injury issues, the 30-year-old reckons he has done everything in his power to earn a place.

"I think I've put myself in the frame to be selected, but it's up to the coaches and we'll see what squad they want to pick," he said.

"It would be in the back of your mind a bit but you still have to play well every week, and we'll see where we are on the 19th.

"Obviously it is (a goal), it's a huge thing for players. It doesn't come around that often.

"Being there the last time as well, you know what it's going to be like and that's an exciting part of it too. It'll be nervy for the next week or so.

"I'd say I'm a better player now. I'm more experienced.

"I was probably frustrated with the last tour, because everything was going well at training and I was playing well in the midweek games.

"I wasn't selected the first day [for the first Test], I was 24th man. Then off the bench in the second one and to start the third one was brilliant.

"I had mixed feelings on the last tour, but if selected it would be unbelievable again."

Meanwhile, the dates and times of the Champions Cup semi-finals have been confirmed with Munster taking on Saracens on Saturday, April 22 at 3.15 at the Aviva Stadium while Leinster will face Clermont Auvergne on Sunday, April 23 at 3.0 Irish time.

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