O’Brien unlucky to miss out
While the side that has been named to take on the Springboks this Saturday looks a reasonably strong one, it is a little surprising to see there is no place for Seán O’Brien.
The Leinster forward has been one of the form Irish players so far this season, but Declan Kidney has opted for David Wallace and Denis Leamy instead.
As always, it’s hard to argue with the inclusion of either of the Munster stalwarts, but O’Brien was more than a match for both when Leinster won the Magners League meeting between both sides a month ago and can consider himself unlucky.
Surely a run out against the world champions would be of more benefit to the 23-year-old Carlow man than it would be to either of the Munster veterans.