Friday 13 December 2019

O'Brien is rapped by IRFU for urinating on customer in pub

Sean O'Brien
Sean O'Brien

Ireland rugby international Sean O'Brien has been sanctioned by the IRFU following an incident in a Dublin bar in which he urinated on a member of the public.

Details of the incident, which happened the day after Leinster's win over Glasgow in the Guinness PRO14 final last month, were widely shared on social media.

O'Brien is said to have "expressed his deep regret" and apologised after he urinated on a member of the public in the packed pub.

An IRFU spokesman said: "The IRFU has investigated an incident of inappropriate behaviour by a player which occurred on May 26, 2019.


"The player has expressed his deep regret and has been sanctioned in line with the provisions of his contract.

"The player has apologised to the individual involved.

"The IRFU, and the player, regret any upset that this incident has caused."

No further details were given of the sanction.

O'Brien's contract with the IRFU is understood to be worth around €400,000-a-year.

The player, who is due to move to London Irish next season, was among members of the Leinster squad celebrating their end-of-season success.

The team had lifted the Guinness PRO14 trophy the previous day as well as reaching the final of the European Champions Cup.

Details of the incident were shared widely on social media.

O'Brien is due to have a hip operation, which will rule him out of this autumn's Rugby World Cup, at which point his Ireland contract expires.

He is due to start a three-year deal with London Irish when he regains fitness.

Earlier, in a separate incident that same weekend, a Leinster Academy player was left needing hospital treatment.

The young player was allegedly knocked out by a punch from former prop forward Stan Wright, who was part of the province's inaugural Heineken Cup-winning squad in 2009.

Wright, who left for Paris club Stade Francais in 2011, retired from the game three years ago and was in Dublin as part of anniversary celebrations of that European breakthrough.

Despite the incident, he remained in Dublin for a few days and took a full part in the gala dinner that followed in the RDS.


It is understood that Wright, who is originally from the Cook Islands, apologised to the academy player.

Leinster carried out their investigation of that incident more than a fortnight ago.

The club issued the following statement at the time: "An internal investigation was carried out by Leinster Rugby, which has concluded to the satisfaction of all parties.

"As a result we will not be making any further comment on the incident other than to confirm that the player in question received medical attention and that he has made a full recovery."

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