Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien is set to leave Leinster to join London Irish after the World Cup.
The move is likely to be confirmed a few weeks with the back-rower linking with former Ireland head coach Declan Kidney and Les Kiss at the center.
London Irish are nine points clear at the top of this Championship.
The move is unlikely because he’s professionally contracted until the end of the tournament to the Irish RFU to affect O’Brien’s World Cup prospects.
The Leinster forwards, who turns 32 next month, made the British and Irish Lions five Test match looks traveling squads to Australia and New Zealand and has recently won 53 caps for Ireland.
The Carlow native started all three Tests in 2017 from the drawn series with all the All Blacks.
He had been a portion of their Leinster sides that won the Heineken Cup but missed the latter part of the season’s successful campaign through injury.
Selected to commence Saturday against Scotland, O’Brien’s situation is similar to Paul O’Connell before the 2015 World Cup – once the then Irish captain had decided to combine Toulon in front of this championship.
But while there is not any policy about the selection of players it’s unlikely O’Brien is going to be contemplated for its 20 20 Six Nations by Andy Farrell, that can replace Joe Schmidt as Ireland head coach after the World Cup.
Former Munster Fly Half Ian Keatley and former Ireland Under-20 duo Conor Gilsenan and Brendan Macken are on the novels of London Irish.