Ireland and Leinster flanker Sean O’Brien will certainly sign up with London Irish in December adhering to the World Cup.
It was reported recently that 31-year-old O’Brien was set for a relocate to the Championship leaders and also the button was confirmed on Monday.
O’Brien will associate former Ireland head train Declan Kidney and Les Kiss at the club.
He stated: “I’ll roll up the sleeves and also utilize my experience to re-establish London Irish as a leading club in England.”
” After consulting with Declan it was noticeable the ambition London Irish have as a club,” added O’Brien, who is a two-time British and Irish Lions tourist.
” It’s a club that’s been around for a very long time as well as there’s an apparent connection to Ireland with some greats of Irish rugby having actually previously put on the jacket.
” In the meantime my concentration continues to be solely with Leinster and Ireland but it’s an interesting challenge that waits for.”
The step is unlikely to influence O’Brien’s World Mug potential customers as he is centrally contracted to the Irish RFU till the final thought of the tournament.
O’Brien’s situation is similar to Paul O’Connell before the 2015 World Cup – when the then Irish captain had actually concurred prior to the competition to join Toulon.
While there is no official plan concerning the selection of players based outside Ireland, it is not likely O’Brien will certainly be thought about for the 2020 6 Nations by Andy Farrell, that will change Joe Schmidt as Ireland head trainer after the Globe Cup.
Previous Munster fly-half Ian Keatley and also former Ireland Under-20 duo Conor Gilsenan and also Brendan Macken are presently on the books of London Irish.