July 24, 2017, 19:43

Sean O’Brien not a fan of roommate James Haskell’s covert filming on Lions tour

Sean O’Brien not a fan of roommate James Haskell’s covert filming on Lions tour

James Haskell may be in line for a post-playing career as a film director – if his Lions tour room-mate Sean O’Brien is to be believed.

The back-row duo are sharing living space in New Zealand, but Irishman O’Brien admits he is finding his English counterpart to be difficult company thanks to his penchant for undercover film-making.

“He’s a very poor roommate,” said O’Brien of a player who has more than 360,000 followers on social media. “But he is entertaining at times as well, which is good for squad morale.

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“I’m worried about the sneaky videos that he’s taking when I’m not looking; we’ll see after the tour what they’re like.”

In the meantime, O’Brien’s focus is being placed entirely on Saturday’s crucial second Test in Wellington.

A defeat for the tourists would mean the series would already be lost, with the third match representing no more than an opportunity to avoid a whitewash.

As is perhaps to be expected for a back-row forward, O’Brien has identified the breakdown as a vital area in game two.

He spoke to referee Jaco Peyper after the conclusion of last weekend’s game but says he will not interact with France’s Jerome Garces on Saturday and will try to make his job as easy as possible.

“I thought we might have got a bit more,” he said. “There were a few rucks that were four or five seconds and I said [to the referee] ‘how long do they have to hold on for?’

“That’s all a part of it as well. You get some, you survive some good ones and you get others that are a lot quicker as well.

“That was probably a bit of frustration on my part, to speak to the referee at the end, but I asked in a nice way.

“I wasn’t patronising to him, it was just a question. I won’t say anything to him this week, we’ll just go about our jobs.

“We need to make sure we’re as clean as possible at the breakdown and make sure we’re giving the referee good pictures. We need more intent at the breakdown when we’re attacking.”

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