Saturday 25 February 2017

Kate Rowan: Full-throttle battle for the full backs in Murrayfield clash

Kate Rowan

Ireland's Rob Kearney
Ireland's Rob Kearney

A jockey and a Gaelic football player. If fate had played out differently both starting fullbacks in Ireland’s encounter against Scotland this weekend could have had different sporting careers.

It is well known on these shores that Rob Kearney was a talented Gaelic footballer, having represented Louth at minor football and played in a senior club county final for his local club, Cooley Kickhams before signing his first professional rugby contract.

Many would credit Kearney’s GAA days as helping to foster his talent under the high ball and kicking skills.

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