Sean O'Brien might have had a dream season but isn't getting too carried away with the World Cup fast approaching
Sean O'Brien ended the season as Europe's leading player but he admits he's far from assured of a starting place for Ireland in the World Cup.
The back-rower enjoyed the season of his life and helped Leinster comeback from the brink to beat Northampton in the Heineken Cup final.
That helped secure the 24-year-old secure the coveted prize of ERC European player of the year ahead of established international team-mate Jamie Heaslip.
An outstanding display in Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations hammering of champions England also caught the eye but with Heaslip, David Wallace and Stephen Ferris also in contention, O’Brien admits he’s not getting ahead of himself at the top level.
“I will play anywhere for my country – I can cover all three positions so I wouldn’t rule out any positions,” said O’Brien, who has won nine caps.
“No-one’s place is safe in there - the coaches have said that from the start. As long as I’m looking after my own stuff, that’s all I can do and see what happens after that.
“I suppose they don’t know much about me in the southern hemisphere but hopefully they will by the end of it.
“I certainly won’t be going over there fearing anyone. There’s a big determination in the squad to really go and do a job over there.”