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O’Brien scoops top Euro accolade

Guinness PRO12 Editor

25 May 2011

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien continues to fly the flag for the Magners League after being named ERC European Player of the Year.

The 24-year-old flanker started all nine of Leinster’s matches as they stormed to a second Heineken Cup title in three seasons.

O’Brien has been equally prominent for the Dubliners in the Magners League this season with three tries in 12 appearances.

And he will have the opportunity to claim yet another piece of silverware when Leinster travel to Munster on Saturday for the Magners League Grand Final.

O’Brien was one of three Leinster players nominated for the award and along with teammates Jamie Heaslip and Isa Nacewa he saw off the competition of Northampton Saints prop Soane Tonga’uiha and Stade Francais Sergio Parisse.

"It's been a fantastic year for me, and more importantly for Leinster," said O'Brien.

"It's great to be presented with an award like this, but it has more to do with the team than it has to do with me.

“Hopefully, this is only the start rather than the end of our success in Europe, and of course, we've got another trophy to aim at this weekend."