It was March when the back row finally shook off the long-term injury that ruled him out of Ireland World Cup contention, taking his place in the Exiles XV that was badly hammered at high-flying Sale.
Now, fresh from the lockdown pre-season, O’Brien will captain Declan Kidney’s Irish team when they visit Bath in their first match since the 2019/20 season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Matt Rogerson is at blindside flanker, with O’Brien at openside flanker. Albert Tuisue completes the pack, wearing the No8 jersey.
— London Irish (@LiRFC) August 14, 2020
“We are excited to finally get back out on the pitch and play some rugby after a long absence away from the sport,” said Kidney. “Bath are a good side that pose a big threat. We know that this is a tough restart to the Gallagher Premiership, but we are looking forward to the test ahead.”
LONDON IRISH (v Bath, Saturday)
15 Tom Parton; 14 Ben Loader, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Terrence Hepetema, 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins; 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Nick Phipps; 1 Harry Elrington, 2 Motu Matu’u, 3 Sekope Kepu, 4 Ben Donnell, 5 George Nott, 6 Matt Rogerson, 7 Sean O’Brien (capt), 8 Albert Tuisue.
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— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) June 7, 2020
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