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Published: 18:00 | 26/5/19

O'Brien ruled out of World Cup

Sean O'Brien has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup due to a hip injury.

O'Brien was denied a final appearance for his native province when he missed Leinster's Guinness PRO14 final win over Glasgow Warriors at Celtic Park due to the problem.

As he unveiled his team on Friday afternoon, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen revealed that the province would issue an update on O'Brien's condition within the week but that news arrived on Sunday with the confirmation that the Tullow Tank will undergo surgery on a hip injury, ruling him out of the World Cup in Japan.

The news means O'Brien's international career is over because he is due to join London Irish on a three-year deal later this year.

"Back row Seán O'Brien - who lifted the PRO14 trophy yesterday in Celtic Park on behalf of the 57 Leinster players that competed over the 23 game domestic season - will undergo surgery in the next few weeks for a hip injury and as a result will be ruled out of action for up to six months," a statement from Leinster read.

"As a result he has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

"Everyone at Leinster Rugby wishes Seán the very best of luck with his recovery and of course with his move to London Irish later in the year."

O'Brien made is Leinster debut in 2008 and went on to play 126 times for his native province, with his final appearance coming in the Heineken Champions Cup final defeat to Saracens. Despite not playing in the final, O'Brien was the one to lift the Guinness PRO14 trophy after Leinster's win over Glasgow.

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