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Sean O'Brien Fights Back The Tears As Sun Sets On Leinster Career

Sean O'Brien Fights Back The Tears As Sun Sets On Leinster Career

Sean O'Brien showed signs of returning to his best form as Leinster defeated Toulouse in their Champions Cup semi-final on Sunday.

The backrow played the full 80 minutes, just the second time he has done so for Leinster this season. In all, it was just his sixth start of 2018/19, a campaign which has been majorly disrupted by injury.

As the door closes on his Leinster career, O'Brien's emotions were evident after yesterday's game. The 32-year-old will leave Irish rugby to join London Irish following this year's World Cup.

He may have just three more opportunities to play in the Leinster colours - the Champions Cup final against Sacarens, the PRO14 semi-final and a possible PRO14 final.

Interviewed by Channel 4 following the win against Toulouse, O'Brien was asked about moving one step closer to finishing his Leinster career on the ultimate high.

"Yeah, yeah," said O'Brien as he held back the tears.

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"It was a tough day for me here. It was the last game in the Aviva for me, probably. Nice to finish on a win, anyway."

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