Ireland was hit by the World Cup when veteran flank Sean O & # 39; Brien was excluded from tournaments with a hip injury
- Leinster flanker Sean O & # 39; Brien is one of the most experienced players in Ireland
- He has been out for six months and will undergo surgery for hip injury
- Joe Schmidt is already without Dan Leavy for the World Cup in Japan this year
- He will lean heavily on Josh van der Flier and Jordi Murphy to carry cargo
Joe Schmidt suffered a World Cup injury hit with veteran flanger Seán O & # 39; Brien excluded the tournament in Japan with a hip injury.
The head coach of Ireland will be organizing a 45-man training team early this week and the Kiwi will have to prepare for the global flagship in Japan without one of its most trusted and experienced forward-thinking people.
Schmidt was already without the services of Dan Leavy – who is recovering from a complex knee injury – which means that he leans heavily on Josh van der Flier and Jordi Murphy during the World Cup.
Sean O & # 39; Brien (ball courier) will be a big loss to Ireland in Japan during the World Cup
O & # 39; Brien will be operated on in the coming weeks and will not receive action for six months. The 32-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the Irish in London, effectively excluding him from further international recognition due to the position of the IRFU on selecting players based on foreign countries.
& # 39; Everyone at Leinster wishes Seán every success with his recovery and with his move to London Irish later in the year & # 39 ;, read a statement from Leinster on Sunday. The news about O & # 39; Brien tempered an otherwise positive weekend for the province claiming back-to-back Pro14 titles with a hard-fought victory over Glasgow in the Grand Final at Celtic Park.
Fittingly enough, O & # 39; Brien – after 12 seasons in service – was given the honor of lifting the trophy. & # 39; I think he is a fantastic leader, a fantastic player, a fantastic character and a fantastic personality & # 39 ;, says Stuart Lancaster, Leinster & # 39; s senior coach.
& # 39; I think he is massively missed by Leinster. I think I didn't really get the benefit of really coaching him the way I wanted to, because in the three years I've been here, he has been injured a lot in that period.
The mighty flanker will join the Irish next season, but he is ready for six months
& # 39; But his qualities still shone through and I thought it was a great testament for the team, and for Johnny in particular, that he would give Seán the opportunity to raise the trophy because it took an emotional few weeks before Seán Leinster left, and we all feel his disappointment that he has to leave. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Johnny Sexton is already preparing for the tilt of the Irish World Cup in Japan. This will be his third World Cup after playing in the 2011 and 2015 editions, and the 33-year-old is aiming for a major campaign in September.
& # 39; Japan has been behind everyone's ears for a long time, it's very hard not to think about it, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; We will enjoy it tonight and tomorrow we have our ten-year (Heineken Cup) reunion on Tuesday and Wednesday, so I am looking forward to seeing some old faces again. But no, I take a break and try to stay in good shape and return to the preseason, which will be a big five to six months for the entire country. & # 39;
Johnny Sexton, fresh from winning the Pro 14 title, is already thinking about the World Cup
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