Connacht flanker Eoghan Masterson will earn his 100th cap for the province when they host Ulster in the Guinness PRO14 tomorrow evening. Special Offers. Ben O’Donnell. Eoghan Masterson (95) However, Connacht coach Andy Friend, who gave O’Donnell his first start in Sevens, ... Sean O’Brien and Niall Murray. [18][19] He returned from his injury in time to face Italy and France and due to the absence of Leister's Dan Leavy through injury, O'Brien was named captain for these games. Ultan Dillane. [22] In April 2014 the Irish squad for the 2014 Junior World Cup was announced, with O'Brien named captain. Sammy Arnold. Sean O'Brien has recovered from injury and takes his place in the back row alongside Conor Oliver and Sean Masterson. Tom Daly (29) O’Brien’s brother Eoghan is drafted into the second row alongside Gavin Thornbury, while there is a change of both props with Denis Buckley and Jack Aungier starting alongside hooker Shane Delahunt. Connacht trio sign contract extensions with the province. BODonnell Bealham, Dillane, O’Brien & O’Donnell come into Connacht team for Munster interpro . Galway, Ireland . Height. This is YOUR comments community. Despite having a man sent off in the second half, Connacht saw off Zebre 47 points to 12 to earn a bonus point in Italy on Sunday (22nd November).Sean O’Brien, Tom Daly, Alex Wootton and Sammy Arnold were among the try scorers for Andy Friend’s charges who hit seven but Abraham Papali’i was shown a red card for a high tackle. Denis Buckley. Paddy McAllister (13) Jack Carty (143) Sean O'Brien plays for Connacht as a Flanker. O’Brien has previously represented Ireland at U18, 19 and 20 level. The Connacht management team have made four changes to their starting XV for Saturday’s crucial Guinness PRO14 interpro against Munster at The Sportsground (k/o 7.35pm). Family Breaks. Head Coach Andy Friend said: “While there was huge frustration and disappointment with last week’s result, we’ve parked that now and put all our focus and energy on picking up a win in Italy. He played for both the under-18 schools team and the under-18 club team. Tackles. Fit-again flanker Sean O'Brien was back with a bang in Connacht's 47-12 Guinness PRO14 victory away to Zebre in Parma. Boss Leo Cullen has kept faith with most of the players who played last weekend against Edinburgh in the RDS Arena. 20. [7] O'Brien missed the tournament through injury however, being replaced as captain by Munster's Jack O'Donoghue. Lock. He plays as a lock and across the back row. | SEAN O’BRIEN returned with a bang as a fully loaded Leinster took their Sportsground frustration out on Connacht. The 22-year-old Connacht native has made over 40 appearances for the Irish province since making his senior debut in 2015. The latest Irish and international breaking news, reports and coverage, A platform helping fund the type of in-depth journalism that the public wants to see. Connacht competes in the Pro14 and the European Rugby Champions Cup.The team represents the IRFU Connacht Branch, which is one of four primary branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union throughout the geographical Irish province of Connacht. Jonny Murphy (8), Sean O'Brien makes return to Connacht as Dillane gets set for 100th cap Comments, Create an email alert based on the current article, Create your own sports news feed by selecting what interests you most, Choose 3 or more sports that you want to see. Family Fun. 22. [14][15] O'Brien made his first league appearance two weeks later in a 2015–16 Pro12 derby against Munster, coming off the bench for Eoghan Masterson as Connacht won at Thomond Park for the first time since 1986. Alex Wootton. News images provided by Press Association and Photocall Ireland unless otherwise stated. Shane Delahunt. 9. O'Brien was born in Galway and grew up in Clarinbridge, a village in the county. You can obtain a copy of the Code, or contact the Council, at, PH: (01) 6489130, Lo-Call 1890 208 080 or email: [email protected] [20][21] He made a total of four appearances in the tournament, all of these coming as starts. Having He returned to Roscrea in his final year to graduate. IRELAND rugby star Seán O’Brien looks set to play his first game since April when Leinster go head-to-head with Connacht in the Guinness Pro 14 tomorrow. Boyle captains the side from the number 8 position and will be flanked by Sean O’Brien and Conor Oliver at the back of the scrum. The Galway native last started for Connacht in the 2018 Christmas interpro against Ulster, with his only appearance last season coming off the bench against Leinster in November before suffering serious shoulder and foot injuries. Conor Fitzgerald (26) Connacht's RDS win, coupled with Munster's defeat at the Kingspan Stadium, leaves the westerners eight points adrift of the Reds at the top of Conference B so it … Users are reminded that they are fully responsible for their own created content and their own posts, comments and submissions and fully and effectively warrant and indemnify Journal Media in relation to such content and their ability to make such content, posts, comments and submissions available. O'Brien is also a student of NUI Galway, studying civil law. 23. [2] His sister Katie O'Brien is a Paralympic rower. Photo (c) Connacht rugby. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. 194CM. 7. sponsored. , Access to the comments facility has been disabled for this user, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, supports the work of the Press Council of Ireland and the Office of the Press Ombudsman, and our staff operate within the Code of Practice. Irish Weather. Wire service provided by Associated Press. 16. print. Connacht have this morning announced that flanker Sean O’Brien has decided to commit his future with the western province for a further two years. Caolin Blade. Connacht's Eoin McKeon. He was involved with Galwegians from a young age, with his father and grandfather having ties to the club. CLOSE Dillane is among the replacements for Andy Friend’s side, which shows six changes from the team that lost to Scarlets at The Sportsground last weekend. 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Active 24 Fitness. Connacht host the Reds at The Sportsground on Saturday evening ... Denis Buckley, Shane Delahunt, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux, Sean O’Brien, Conor Oliver, Sean Masterson. Jack Aungier (5) The 25-year-old has essentially spent the last two years injured. 8 January 2021. Jack Carty. Sean Masterson. Be Part of The Team – Access exclusive podcasts, interviews, discussion and analysis with a monthly or annual membership. Despite being named in the initial team, O'Brien missed the next game against England. Tom Daly. The ex-Ireland back row last played when chosen for Leinster to start in their Heineken Champions Cup final defeat to Saracens las…. 8. 13. sponsored. Seán O'Brien (born 9 December 1994) is a professional rugby union player from Ireland. 2 days ago . I agree to the Membership Terms & the Connacht Rugby Privacy Policy. [3], O'Brien was a student at the Cistercian College in Roscrea, but attended the Calasanctius College in Oranmore for his Junior Certificate and fifth year. Gavin Thornbury. Sites: Alex Wootton and John Porch complete the side.