O’Brien buzzing for international return

British & Irish Lion Sean O'Brien is set to end his injury nightmare tonight for the Irish Wolfhounds but the back-row admits he will have to take his return to rugby slowly. [more]

O’Brien buzzing for international return

British & Irish Lion Sean O’Brien is set to end his injury nightmare tonight for the Irish Wolfhounds but the back-row admits he will have to take his return to rugby slowly.

O’Brien, who appeared in two of the Lions Tests in their historic series win in Australia back in 2013, has not pulled on an Ireland jersey for 14 months due to two shoulder surgeries.

But the Leinster man is set to start for the Wolfhounds against the England Saxons in Cork tonight as he continues his return to full fitness.

And the 27-year-old is hoping he can force his way back into the Ireland first team, but not before he has built up his match fitness.

“I want to come back and show people that I can still rock on,” he said.

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“But I’m not going to go out like Tarzan and run around the place like a headless chicken.

“I want to be accurate and good at what my job is and get back to doing my basics well.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve played a game so I’m going to be a bit rusty.

"Every time you play, you get more match-fit.I suppose they (the Ireland coaches) will have to have a chat with me as well to see how I'm feeling. It always usually takes me two or three games to get match-fit."

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