Sunday 20 January 2019

Sean O'Brien could still play part in Six Nations as he is named Leinster captain for Scarlets clash

Sean O'Brien of Leinster
Sean O'Brien of Leinster

Des Berry

Sean O'Brien will have his shot at making a late charge to be involved for Ireland against England in the Six Nations at Twickenham.

The British & Irish Lions test openside will captain Leinster at Scarlets in the PRO14 League tomorrow evening in West Wales.   

As luck would have it, the postponement of this original fixture from last Saturday has given O'Brien that extra week in which to complete his rehabilitation from a hip injury.

The 31-year-old has not played since mid-December against Exeter Chiefs in The Champions Cup ahead of what will be just his fifth appearance in blue this season.

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has already shown enough faith in Garry Ringrose to parachute the centre straight back into the international arena.

O'Brien comes with far greater experience and is exactly the type of leader Ireland would lean on.

The involvement of Jack Conan at number eight for Leinster will come as a personal blow, in terms of the Six Nations, as Ross Byrne returns from injury to out-half.    

LEINSTER (v Scarlets): D Kearney; B Daly, R O’Loughlin, N Reid, J Lowe; R Byrne, N McCarthy; E Byrne, B Byrne, M Bent, R Molony, S Fardy, J Murphy, S O’Brien (capt), J Conan.

Replacements: J Tracy, P Dooley, A Coyle, M Kearney, M Deegan; C Rock, C Frawley, A Byrne.

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