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Robert Kearney (born March 26, 1986), also referred to as Rob Kearney, is an Irish rugby union footballer who currently plays for UCD, Leinster and Ireland. As a youth he also played rugby union for Clongowes Wood Collegemarker and Gaelic football for Louth in the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship.

Rugby union career

Secondary Education

Kearney attended Clongowes Wood Collegemarker in Co. Kildaremarker for his secondary education where he was widely regarded as the "Schools rugby legend" so to speak just like Ross O'Carroll Kelly the fictional character due to his performances in the Leinster Senior Cup, which earmarked him as a special talent for the future. He then went on from his Leaving Certificate to attend [[University College Dublin]

UCD

Kearney attended University College Dublinmarker where he studied Arts and played for the rugby team. In 2005 he helped the U-20s team win the McCorry Cup, beating Trinity College in the final.

Leinster

Kearney played for Leinster at both schoolboy and U-19 level before going onto represent them as a senior. He scored a hat-trick of tries on his debut for Leinster in the pre-season friendly win over Parma.

He then made his [[magners] debut for Leinster in 2005 in a 22-20 defeat away to the Ospreys. He would go on to make 32 appearances in the competition, scoring 8 tries, with 3 penalties during a period in September 2006, when usual place kicker, Felipe Contepomi was injured. Kearney then played in his first Heineken Cup game in a 19-22 defeat against Bath at the RDSmarker later that same season. It was the first of 10 appearances scoring 4 tries in the process.

Ireland

Kearney represented Ireland at schoolboy, U-19 and A level before he was called up to the senior squad for the 2008 Six Nations Championship. He was first called into the Irish training squad for 2005's autumn internationals and toured with Ireland A in the summer and played in the Churchill Cup. In April 2007, he was named in the Irish squad to tour Argentinamarker in the summer and earned his first cap on 2nd June 2007. During the 2008 Six Nations Championship he scored 2 tries, one against Scotland and one against England. He was a member of the victorious Ireland team that won the 2009 Six Nations Championship, Triple Crown and Grand Slam.

British and Irish Lions

On 21 April 2009, Rob Kearney was named as a member of the British and Irish Lions for the 2009 tour to South Africa. He made his Lions test debut as a substitute in the 26-21 1st Test defeat in Durban. Due to an injury to Lee Byrne, Kearney was selected again for the second test in Pretoriamarker. He scored the only try for the Lions and put in a performance which some spectators described as "the greatest performance in a Lions no.15 jersey", however they lost 28-25. He then played in the final test in Johannesburgmarker where the Lions won 28-9, with Kearney once again putting in a superb display.

References

  1. Ibid.
  2. UCD Profile
  3. Leinster Profile
  4. Irish Rugby



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