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"Losing Heaslip and O'Brien could be tipping point for Leinster"

Eddie O'Sullivan and Trevor Hogan aired their concerns on Off The Ball

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Raf Diallo
20:55 Monday 9 December 2013

The chat on Heaslip and OBrien can be heard on Wednesday Night Rugby podcast

After such a great weekend for the Irish provinces, Irish rugby could receive a hammer blow tomorrow.

Rumours are circulating that French clubs Toulouse and Clermont are on the verge of announcing deals for Leinster duo Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien respectively.

It is a rumour but one that would not be welcomed on these shores.


"The timeline would be right because they were waiting till after the internationals to conclude these things," said ex-Munster and Leinster lock Trevor Hogan on Off The Ball's Monday Night Rugby.

"But I think the IRFU will throw another few weeks at it. It would be a massive loss. You'd hope the IRFU won't let that happen." 

But it is the attritional nature of the French Top 14 which is the most worrying aspect of a potential move for the duo according to former Ireland head coach Eddie O'Sullivan on MNR tonight.

"O'Brien is one of those players that can play at such a high tempo and is always in collisions. For him to come through the Top 14 without injury would be a miracle. It's hard to believe that he can have a long career playing in the Top 14. Leinster have responded brilliantly to the loss of Isa Nacewa and Jonny Sexton, but losing Heaslip and O'Brien...you can only sustain a hemorrhage to a certain degree. That could be a tipping point for Leinster."

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