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O'Brien staying with Leinster

16th January 2014 09:20

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Sean O Brien in action for Leinster

New deal: Sean O'Brien

Leinster have been handed a sizeable boost after it was confirmed that Sean O'Brien has put pen to paper on a new contract with the province and IRFU.

O'Brien, who was linked with a switch to Toulon, made his senior debut for Leinster against Cardiff Blues in September 2008 and has since made 87 appearances for Leinster scoring fifteen tries.

But the 26-year-old who made his Ireland debut in the 41-6 win over Fiji at the RDS in November 2009 has chosen to extend his stay at Leinster.

"It is flattering to find yourself the subject of interest from some of the biggest rugby clubs in the world but in the end I made a decision based on the standard mix of professional and personal considerations," O'Brien told IrishRugby.ie.

"It was a very difficult decision but, with a World Cup next year and the fact that I believe Leinster can continue to win trophies, I have decided to commit my immediate future to the club.

"I am very excited about what Ireland can achieve under Joe Schmidt and I am confident that under Matt O'Connor, Leinster will remain the power in Europe it has been over the past 5 or 6 years.

"I want to acknowledge the professionalism of all those involved, including the overseas clubs with whom I had discussions, and thank Leinster and the IRFU for their commitment to me.

"Finally a word about the Leinster fans because their "voice" represents an important consideration for players like me when it comes to making big career decisions such as this."

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