Watch: Former Westmeath minor tipped for rugby stardom

January 07, 2019

Left, Conor O'Brien in action for Westmeath during the 2013 All-Ireland MFC quarter-final against Mayo and right, in the colours of Leinster Rugby.

A former Westmeath minor footballer looks to have a big future in rugby.

Conor O'Brien, who lined out at midfield for Westmeath in the 2013 All-Ireland MFC quarter-final against Mayo, is expected to be added to Leinster's Champions Cup squad for next weekend's clash with Toulouse after producing a man of the match performance against Ulster in the Guinness PRO14 at the RDS on Saturday evening.

The young centre scored a 20th minute try and was Leinster's joint top ball carrier (16) for 71 metres as well as making 11 tackles in what was a hugely impressive display.

"He's a very strong ball carrier and he's got a big left foot as well. He's getting better all the time and learning and understanding what is required of him," Leinster coach Leo Cullen said of the 22-year-old from Mullingar Shamrocks.

O'Brien is steeped in the GAA with his father Garrett having captained Offaly to their sole All-Ireland U21FC success in 1988.



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