O’Brien in the Euro spotlight
ANGUS O’Brien has been thrust into the European spotlight after Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell was ruled out of Scarlets’ Heineken Champions Cup opener against Racing 92 today (5.30pm), writes Rob Lloyd.
O’Brien, a summer arrival from the Dragons, is yet to start a match for his new side, but is handed his big chance after Patchell suffered delayed concussion symptoms following the knock to the head he took against the Ospreys last weekend.
He gets the nod ahead of Dan Jones, who impressed in the No. 10 jersey during last season’s pool campaign. Jones is named among the replacements. Patchell was forced off the field in the first half of the 20-17 derby win, coming off second best in a tackle on Owen Watkin.
He passed his head injury assessment and returned to the field after the half-time break, but has since experienced delayed symptoms.
It is the second head injury assessment the fly-half has undergone this season, having taken a blow in the round one match against Ulster.
A Scarlets spokesperson said: “Rhys developed delayed symptoms related to concussion three days following the match. Following continued evaluation Rhys has not been considered for selection this weekend. With the player’s welfare at the forefront of our decision-making, Rhys will continue to be evaluated and rehabilitated accordingly.”
Leigh Halfpenny; Johnny McNicholl, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Steff Evans; Angus O’Brien, Gareth Davies; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens (capt), Samson Lee, Jake Ball, David Bulbring, Ed Kennedy, Will Boyde, Blade Thomson.
Ryan Elias, Rob Evans, Werner Kruger, Tom Price, Josh Macleod, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Dan Jones, Paul Asquith.