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pissed off Rugby star Sean O'Brien opens up about being sanctioned by bosses for urinating on a stranger in Dublin pub

"What I knew for sure was that I hadn't deliberately or directly pissed on anyone."

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O’Brien was rapped by rugby bosses. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

O’Brien was rapped by rugby bosses. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

O’Brien was rapped by rugby bosses. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland rugby star Sean O'Brien has opened up for the first time about being sanctioned by bosses for urinating on a stranger at a pub.

The incident happened at Cassidy's pub on Dublin's Camden Street in June last year, on the night of Leinster's PRO14 final celebrations.

The 'Tullow Tank' remembers sitting beside musicians and that the toilets were about "seven yards away".

He explains in his new book Sean O'Brien Fuel - The Autobiography that he was going in and out of the toilets after almost every pint, but the urinals were in use on the last occasion he tried to use them.

Aggressive

"I was bursting, and turned around to have a piss in the doorway," he claims. "I turned around and a fella was staring at me.

"He said 'you're after pissing on my leg'. 'I didn't piss on your leg'. He goes: 'You did'.

'Well I might have splashed you,' I said, 'but you weren't here in front of me'."

O'Brien (33) adds: "What I knew for sure was that I hadn't deliberately or directly pissed on anyone."

A verbal disagreement followed and O'Brien maintains he tried to get the man to relax by insisting "I didn't mean to do it."

O'Brien decided to leave the pub and admits he was "whingeing and crying" when he got home to his girlfriend Sarah Rowe.

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Sean O’Brien with girlfriend Sarah Rowe

Sean O’Brien with girlfriend Sarah Rowe

Sean O’Brien with girlfriend Sarah Rowe

He didn't think much of the incident until he got a message on his Instagram account.

The flanker - who has won 56 Ireland caps since 2009, a further 126 with Leinster, one with current club London Irish and five with the Lions - adds that "everything took off from there and spiralled out of control a little."

The 6'2" 17 stone star stresses that media reports that the incident took place in the main bar were untrue, as were suggestions another player had stepped in to prevent a fight.

Arrangements were made for O'Brien to meet with Leinster and Ireland officials, who advised him to enlist the help of a solicitor before contacting them.

Their findings amounted to a number of strikes against O'Brien.

Splashed

One was that he had "urinated in public, and splashed a member of the public", an action that "could reasonably be regarded as bringing the player, the province, the game or the IRFU into disrepute".

They also found that his verbal exchange with the man brought the game into disrepute.

"Not that I said that much to him at all, other than asking him to get out of my face," stresses O'Brien.

The third finding was that O'Brien had his top off in public.

O'Brien - who owns Bellamy's pub in Dublin's Ballsbridge with Rob and Dave Kearney and Jamie Heaslip - talks about several other incidents in his book, including one knees-up in the D4 bar in Ringsend when the owner gave him a tab for E3,000 and the star invited "half of Tullow" into the pub.

Dancing

Video footage emerged of him "dancing in the D4 bar", but he insists he loves jiving and waltzing and was teaching a Kiwi girl how to dance.

He also recalls how after the Lions played Australia in Melbourne he ended up meeting friends and family in the Cock and Bull pub in Sydney, which was a sea of red jerseys.

O'Brien was the only Lions player present and was so inundated with well-wishers that bouncers had to provide security for him.

"I sang Mumford and Sons on stage, and when I got back down, everyone was coming over with shots," he smiles, adding that "after a couple of hours it was carnage."

He also talks about a video of him on Twitter where he was in a chip shop on Dublin's Camden Street and ended up performing the famous lifting scene from Dirty Dancing with a girl he had just met.

She was wearing a green Ireland jersey and asked him to do it when I Had The Time Of My Life came on the music system.

O'Brien admits he was worried that he might be in trouble with then Ireland manager Joe Schmidt about the video, which he and his teammates thought was "hilarious".

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O’Brien in action against Italy. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

O’Brien in action against Italy. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

O’Brien in action against Italy. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

"But maybe those type of things possibly counted against me in Joe's eyes, and maybe the hierarchy's eyes, when it came to discussions about the captaincy," he observes.

O'Brien says in his opinion such antics were not unusual for a 28-year-old lad and that when he was growing up "wild stuff went on in Tullow".

"Everyone would have their tops off in the local pub but there wouldn't be a word about it, and there wouldn't be a video shared on social media when you were among friends," he complains.

He also remembers a drunken incident when he was at a house party in Carlow when he was so out of it he walked around with his top off eating a raw potato.

Leaked

A partygoer got access to his phone and sent abusive messages to strangers on it, while a video also emerged of him drunk and asleep at a table.

O'Brien's Facebook account was hacked and he had to change his number because of all the WhatsApp groups he had been added to as a result of his number being leaked.

  • Sean O'Brien Fuel - The Autobiography is available in bookshops and online.

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