Professional rugby union player, Sean O’Brien is an openside flanker for London Irish. Also an after dinner and motivational speaker, Sean is known to discuss topics including teamwork, leadership and performing under pressure to both corporate and sporting organisations at a variety of events and functions.
A highly celebrated rugby career began when Sean’s talents were recognised whilst playing for the University College Dublin Rugby Football Club. He debuted for Leinster in 2008 and contributed to winning efforts at both the 2011 and 2012 Heineken Cup Finals against Northampton Saints and Ulster respectively. Also during his early career, he contributed to the Grand Slam-winning efforts of Ireland’s Under 20 squad.
Having also enjoyed a successful international career, O’Brien has been capped for the Irish national team 56 times and has also been capped on five occasions for the British and Irish Lions squad. During his appearances for Ireland, he managed to be named Man of the Match in a game against Italy in the 2011 Six Nations and also placed third in the 2011 Six Nations Player of the Championship.
Following on from his incredible performances throughout the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Sean was named ERC European Player of the Year and Guinness/Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year, a testament to his innovative and skilful playing style.
Most recently, O’Brien has been signed by London Irish where he continues to perform outstandingly. He also shares his time to become an after dinner speaker to inspire and motivate audiences of all varieties with his hilarious and insightful career anecdotes.