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Sean O'Brien smashes through David Skrela

BY Grant Constable  ·  Tuesday Aug 23, 2011

Sean O'Brien smashes through David Skrela

One of the most requested moments from this past weekend was when the battering-ram tank of a man Sean O’Brien smashed through Frenchman David Skrela, resulting in the flyhalf’s premature exit.

If you don’t follow much Irish rugby and don’t really know who O’Brien is, you will soon. The Leinster man is an absolute beast with ball in hand, and since coming onto the scene has made an incredible impact, slotting in when Jamie Heaslip was injured, but now finding himself a part of a mouth watering Ireland loose forward trio.

With a low center of gravity, fantastic pace off the mark, and explosive power, you could safely play O’Brien Bingo for every time he bashes off a player during a match. This past weekend it was Skrela in the first half, then Fulgence Ouedraogo late in the match, as he crossed for a try.

O’Brien’s talents haven’t gone unnoticed, as he’s fast become a fan favourite and has picked up a few prestigious awards. In May he was named ERC European Player of the Year, and just last week was handed the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year award.

This is just a short, requested clip that many of you quite fancied seeing again, but it’s also a nice opportunity to give him his due credit, and it goes without saying that he is unequivocally one to watch at this year’s Rugby World Cup. Yes, unequivocally.

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