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.