Tales from Tour: Marcus O’Brien challenging himself on the international stage

Dave Parkinson

When Marcus O’Brien swapped Millom for Egremont, it was to challenge himself before adding to his already extensive international experience.

“I enjoy it up at Egremont and don’t think I will be leaving to go back any time soon,” O’Brien said.

“I enjoyed it at Millom but wanted to play at a higher level and test myself in the Premier division.

“I’ve done alright personally this year and we got through to the semi-finals of the play-offs, which is a good achievement. We would have liked to have gone further but we nearly went down last season. Hopefully we can push on again next year.”

Having represented Great Britain Community Lions Under-18s in France, Lebanon and South Africa it would be fair to say O’Brien has clocked up the air miles in proudly representing his country.

“They provide good experiences that will live with you forever,” he added.

“I also went to Jamaica with the Under-23s two years ago, and toured Australia with the Open Age in 2013.”

Speaking of playing in Fiji, he said: “The game we played was tough – we weren’t used to the heat more than anything , and put too much ball down.

“I don’t think that will happen again being honest. We will learn from that. We need to complete, build pressure and if we do that, we will play a lot better.

“Fiji has got better as we’ve gone on. We’ve got used to our surroundings and accepted it. It’s not too bad to be honest. It’s what you expect. Everyone enjoyed the experience.”