Published: 12:54 | 24/9/20

Kearney set to play on


Former Ireland full-back Rob Kearney is set to play on for at least another season following the conclusion of his Leinster contract last weekend.

The only Irish player to have won two grand slams, Kearney played a central part in Leinster's success over more than ten years as they won six PRO14, four Champions Cups and a Challenge Cup.

He had fallen down the pecking order over the past year, with Jordan Larmour taking over as first choice full-back, and his last appearance for the province came in the victory over Ulster in the final round of PRO14 pool games last month.

Although many expected the 34-year-old to announce his retirement following the end of his time at Leinster, it is understood he has agreed terms with an unidentified club and will play on for at least one more season.   

"You always want one more as a player. The next one becomes the most important. The next match, the next trophy, the next training session even. That is the process, that is the drive within us," he wrote in an open letter on the Leinster and IRFU websites.  

"It wasn’t to be, but I am so very grateful for every run out that I did get in a Leinster and an Ireland jersey. 

"Losing to Saracens brought my time in a Leinster jersey and by extension an Irish jersey to an end. 

"I spoke to the players in the dressing room after the game and I spoke about living a dream, because that is what I have done.

"I have lived the dream of every five-year-old boy or girl out there that dreams of pulling on a Leinster jersey, an Ireland jersey, a Lions jersey.

"I consider myself very fortunate to have done the greatest thing that I could have done with my life and I have lived the dreams that I first had as a young lad in Dundalk RFC with the minis."

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