Wednesday 18 October 2017

'Unfulfilled' Kearney vows to get Ireland back on track

Rob Kearney
Rob Kearney

Rugby Ruaidhri O'Connor

ROB KEARNEY has pledged to channel his personal Lions frustration into turning Ireland's fortunes around.

The tourists return to Dublin this morning on the back of a 2-1 series victory over Australia but the Leinster full-back's part was limited to two midweek games after a hamstring injury hampered his preparations and ruined his chances of ousting player of the series Leigh Halfpenny.

After last year's Six Nations disappointment, the Louth man said he was hopeful of better things next season.

"I'm looking forward to getting back with Ireland because there is a sense of underachievement over the last couple of years and we're hoping for improvement," he writes in his final Irish Independent Lions tour diary today.

"After I had back surgery in December and then picked up the tiniest strain at the wrong time which took me out of the running for the Pro12 final and early Lions games, I'm left feeling unfulfilled.

"I can't wait for pre-season to roll around again so I can get back playing some rugby."

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