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Sunday 31 August 2014

Rob Kearney calls on NASA in bid to get fitness back

Published 07/12/2012 | 05:00

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Rob Kearney in action for Leinster. Photo: Sportsfile

IRELAND and Leinster star Rob Kearney is getting a little help from NASA as he bids to make a comeback from injury.

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The full-back is using a 'zero-gravity treadmill' designed by the American space agency to help astronauts acclimatise to walking on the moon.

In his new Irish Independent column today, the Heineken Cup-winning player reveals how the technology is helping his recovery from back surgery.

He reveals the hi-tech fitness work he is doing to get ready for the demands of top-level rugby.

"You set it from zero to 100pc body weight and it means you can slowly reintroduce yourself into running on full body weight."

Kearney (pictured) also gives an unique insight into the mood inside the Leinster camp as they prepare to take on Clermont in this Sunday's crunch Heineken Cup tie.

The teams have become rivals on the European stage after a series of high octane matches. But Kearney says his team-mates are aware there is an "awesome" opportunity to end Clermont's imposing unbeaten home record of 50 games this weekend.

He also gives his reaction to this week's Rugby World Cup draw, which will pit Ireland against Six Nations rivals France and Italy in 2015.

Read Rob Kearney's exclusive new column in today's Irish Independent print edition.

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