Conor O'Brien (rugby union)
Conor O'Brien (born 2 February 1996) is an Irish rugby union player who plays for Leinster Rugby.
|Birth name||Conor O'Brien|
|Date of birth||6 February 1996|
|Place of birth||Mullingar, Ireland|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||99 kg (15 st 8 lb; 218 lb)|
|University||Trinity College Dublin|
|Rugby union career|
GAA and familyEdit
Growing up in Westmeath, O'Brien played more Gaelic sports than rugby union until well into his teens. He represented Westmeath at hurling up to under-16 level, and represented Westmeath in Gaelic football all the way to Minor level. His father Garrett was captain of the Offaly team which won the 1988 All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship, the only such victory in the county's history. Conor got into rugby by playing youths rugby for Mullingar RFC.
Early Rugby CareerEdit
Conor took up rugby as an 11 year with Mullingar RFC, he tried out many positions including back-row before finally settling at out-half. Conor was part of the successful Midlands team that won the Shane Horgan Cup in 2012, in the same season he also played out-half in the Mullingar U17 team that won the Culliton Cup scoring two tries in the final against Navan. He was the out-half on the Leinster U18 team that won the interprovincial title in 2012/13 which lead to his selection for Ireland U18 in four matches against Italy, England, Scotland and France. He was selected on both the Leinster U18 and Ireland U18 teams the following season, this time at centre.
O'Brien's primary position is centre, where he can play both the inside and outside centre roles. He can also cover wing and out-half. O'Brien is a strong ball carrier, with his size, strength and handling skills enabling his offloading game.[original research?] He also provides a left-footed kicking option to his back-line.
O'Brien joined the Leinster Rugby academy ahead of the 2016-17 season, during which he also won an All-Ireland League title with Clontarf. O'Brien is currently in his third and final year of the academy. He made his debut early in the 2017-18 season against Glasgow Warriors, performing well and playing 73 minutes of the match. He made a further two appearances in the 2017-18 season.
O'Brien was selected for the Ireland U-20s squad for the 2016 Six Nations Under 20s Championship, where Ireland finished third. O'Brien then starred as Ireland finished in their best ever position of second at the 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Championship, during which they also beat the Baby Blacks for the first time.
- "Mullingar's Conor O'Brien Signs Leinster Academy Contract". Midlands103.com. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
- Farrell, Sean. "O'Brien putting pedigree from out-half and Westmeath GAA to use on Ireland's wing". The42.ie. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
- "Conor O'Brien To Make Leinster Debut - Leinster Rugby". Leinsterrugby.ie. Retrieved 21 October 2018.