Rob Kearney

    Rob Kearney
    Club / Province: UCD / Leinster
    Position: Fullback
    Date of Birth: 26/3/86
    Height: 1.85m
    Weight: 90Kg
    Honours: 76 caps - Test debut v Argentina in Buenos Aires in 2007

    A promising Louth Gaelic footballer, Rob had a big decision to make, but thankfully he chose to go the rugby route.

    His Leinster debut was in 2005 and he also represented Ireland at schools, U19 and ‘A’ level before earning his first senior cap in the summer of 2007 against Argentina. Rob is a very mature player who has a dynamic boot to compliment his explosive pace and power.

    A member of the 2009 Grand Slam team he is a certainty under the high ball as proved during his impressive outings on the 2009 Lions tour.

    Senior debut for Leinster came in 2005, a Heineken Cup winner with them in 2009; Magners League winner 2007/8 and Magners League finalist 2010

    An injury picked up during Ireland's 2010 Six Nations encounter against France, kept Kearney out of the England game. However he made good the recovery and came on as a replacement for injured Gordon D'Arcy against Wales.

    Click here to read our April 09 interview with Rob Kearney

    Member of 2011 RWC squad

    Fact Box

    - Senior debut for Leinster came in 2005, a Heineken Cup winner with them in 2009 and 2012; Magners League winner 2007/8 and PRO12 finalist 2010 and 2012. Named European Player of the Year 2012 when Leinster won their 3rd title

    - Was only 19 when he first played for Ireland Wolfhounds in 2006, also selected for Churchill Cup squad in California the same year

    - Senior test debut came against Argentina in Buenos Aires on summer tour 2007

    - Made RBS 6 Nations bow in opening game of 2008 tournament against Italy at Croke Park, missed the whole of the 2011 tournament due to injury

    - Started at full-back for all five games during Ireland's Grand Slam in 2009. Has been Ireland's number 15 for their last nine RBS 6 Nations encounters

    - Selected for the British & Irish Lions 2009 tour to South Africa, he played in all three tests, scoring a try in 2nd test in Pretoria

    - His only two RBS 6 Nations tries to date both came during the 2008 campaign, v Scotland and England. Scored seven tries in his first 31 appearances for Ireland, but none since

    - Recently signed a two year extension to his contract that will keep him playing with Leinster until the 2014/15 season