While he won’t be lining out in the Tullow club colours any time soon, Seán O’Brien is bringing Leinster Rugby back to Tullow Rugby Club next week.
The Blues did a 12-county tour as part of pre-season preparation around the province earlier in the autumn and are on the road again on Thursday 10 November with Leo Cullen’s side heading to the 4G pitch for 2.30pm start.
“After a great 12 County Tour during the summer where we were welcomed with open arms in the schools, clubs and colleges that we visited, we are all looking forward to getting back out there again”, head coach Leo Cullen told LeinsterRugby.ie.
“We missed those opportunities so much during Covid, to meet the great people in our clubs, our schools and our communities. Not just the supporters missing from our games but the people on the ground. The volunteers and the coaches, the referees, the parents supporting the kids and bringing them to minis and training and matches. It’s important for us to get out and meet them.”
Meanwhile for O’Brien, who has recently taken up with AIL side Naas, it’s always a pleasure to get back on home soil.
“I’m looking forward to it. Everyone knows how passionate I am and invested I am still in Tullow and what that club did for me and the support they still give to me to this day, so it’s great to bring the lads down there and to give something back.”
“It’s important for us to get out there. The clubs and the Shane Horgan Cup player pathway for lads or Sarah Robinson Cup for girls is a crucial part of the system in Leinster and days like this help to inspire the next generation.”
All are welcome to attend, with Leinster Rugby also confirming there will be an opportunity for photographs and autographs after the training session.