Jimmy O’Brien would have had many familiar faces greet him when he linked up with the Ireland squad for the first time. There are, after all, 16 other Leinster players who journeyed up to camp last Monday evening.
O’Brien is also the latest member of the 2016 Under-20 World Cup squad, they of beating New Zealand’s Baby Blacks fame, to make the transition to the senior set-up. James Ryan, Jacob Stockdale, Hugo Keenan, Andrew Porter, Max Deegan, Will Connors and Shane Daly have all been capped from that group.
More familiar faces aren’t too far away in O’Brien’s native Eadestown, the Kildare town only 40 minutes down the road from Ireland’s gathering in Carton House. He’s not the only one close to home. If tales of …