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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Kearney praises GAA counterparts

Olivia Ryan

Published 18/06/2014 | 05:20

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Rob Kearney in action for Cooley Kickhams in the 2004 Louth Senior Championship Final against St. Patrick’s with Karl White trying to close him down.

LOUTH rugby ace Rob Kearney admits his 'heroes' are GAA county players, who 'work as hard as us but have a full-time job as well to pay the bills.'

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In a wide ranging interview, the Cooley man talked girls, GAA and pigging out (a rare occurrence).

Rob and his bother Dave have become firm favourites with rugby fans, not to mention their growing female fan base.

But about his pin-up status, the modest sports star said: 'Yeah I get a bit of attention but I wouldn't be getting a look in unless I was a rugby player.

'I used to get a bit of fanmail when I first started alright. Girls would send me letters, yeah. But nowadays it is all on Twitter.'

'It's not face-to-face so the girls can say what they like. It's quite funny actually but nothing too serious. You get a bit of drunken banter from people of course and if I'm out and about people come up to me and are always nice,' said Rob in the recent Sunday World magazine interview.

With tough training sessions and strict diet regimes the order of the day, Rob did admit he was keen on the odd 'mini blow out.'

'Of course there are times when I would like to binge on crappy foods and have a few drinks with my mates but I wouldn't swap my life for their life for a single second.'

'My coaches have said to me to have a mini blow-out, food not drink, every now and again to keep me sane and I know a few of the lads do the same. But the key is to not do it before a big game and always be prepared to work harder to balance it off.'

Asked who he looks up to in the sporting world, Rob added his love of the GAA.

'I have so much respect for what county players go through. They work as hard as we do and have to do a full-time job as well to pay the bills. I think those guys are heroes. I'm not sure what they think of us (professional rugby players) but I have so much time for them.'

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