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Exclusive: Exeter Chiefs set to sign break-out Irish centre

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Exeter Chiefs are wanting to sign Irish centre Sean O’Brien.

No not the Irish worldwide and British and Irish Lions flanker Sean O’Brien who’s presently at London Irish, that is Sean Garrett O’Brien.

The 23-year-old Connacht centre has had a breakout season in 2020/21 since making his senior debut in opposition to Benetton in December 2020 and has now caught the attention of the scouting staff on the defending Gallagher Premiership champions

O’Brien, who performs predominantly at exterior centre, scored a strive on his first begin for Connacht at house to Edinburgh in March 2021 and has began the Pro14 membership’s final six matches, scoring two tries.

The centre grew up in Mullingar in Westmeath, which isn’t a conventional rugby taking part in space of Leinster, nevertheless, Mullingar RFC is the place former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt first coached within the nation within the early Nineties.

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O’Brien went to college in St. Finian’s College which has a really robust Gaelic Football custom however little or no rugby. However, each he and older brother Conor O’Brien have gone on to develop into professionals along with his sibling a centre with Leinster, though presently injured.

To get an inside line on the centre product, Devon Live spoke to Alan Deegan of the Craggy Rugby Podcast which covers all the things Connacht Rugby.

Deegan mentioned: “The Connacht followers are going to be fairly upset that Connacht have been unable to hold a participant that got here by the Academy and has been delivering actually completed performances in the previous few video games.

“He is a fast learner and by no means appears to make the identical mistake twice, not that he makes many errors.

“He is an clever participant with a great eye for a niche and a extremely efficient defender.”

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O’Brien would add depth at exterior for Exeter with fellow Irishman Ian Whitten the present go-to choice when England worldwide Henry Slade will not be accessible.

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter has additionally spoken about taking part in winger Jack Nowell within the 13 jersey whereas fly-half Harvey Skinner has been employed there as soon as this season, scoring a strive in opposition to Leicester Tigers in his solely begin within the centres.

Listen to the Craggy Rugby Podcast right here.