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Rob Kearney signs off after missing out on farewell game with the Barbarians

Rob Kearney

Rob Kearney is very grateful for having had the opportunity to live out his “childhood dream” after a 16-year long career in professional rugby.

Kearney played for his native province Leinster, Australian Super Rugby side the Western Force, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions throughout his career, and was set to play one final time for the Barbarians against Samoa on Saturday.

The talented full back was denied the opportunity to play one final game of top-level rugby however, as the game was cancelled at late notice after six positive cases of covid-19 in the Barbarians’ squad.

Rob Kearney signs off.

While the cancellation of the game as a massive disappointment to Kearney, along with his Barbarians team mates and Manu Samoa, the former Ireland star said he was grateful to have had the opportunity to play rugby professionally for so long.

“Absolutely gutted not to have gotten one last run out yesterday with the Barbarians but a sincere thanks for all the kind messages and well wishes, I lived my childhood dream and I am very grateful for that,” Kearney tweeted.

A star-studded career.

There wasn’t much that Kearney didn’t do during his time in rugby, as he played for Leinster and Ireland in a golden period in each side’s history.

Kearney won four Heineken Champions Cup titles, six league titles and one European Challenge Cup title during his time with Leinster, as well as four Six Nations Championships with Ireland.

The Louth native also toured with the British and Irish Lions on two occasions, before getting a taste of Southern Hemisphere club rugby with the Western Force this year.

While Kearney’s professional rugby days are over, he may continue to play Gaelic football with Cooley Kickhams for a while yet.

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