Tuesday 12 December 2017

Kate Rowan: Rob Kearney is certainly a bit of a dish, but that’s not the reason I think he’s the best player in Europe

THERE was some grumbling from Leinster fans a few weeks ago when the ERC announced the long list of nominees for European Rugby Player of the year. This was due to the omission of the currently highflying full back Rob Kearney.

The Louth man’s seven minutes of rugby heaven against Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup semi-final, in which he made that intuitive pass to Cian Healy followed by that brute of a drop goal will certainly add to his case for inclusion in the final shortlist. This can include players omitted from the long list, who shone in the knock out stages.

Add to that the 26 year-olds two-try performance and overall sharpness against the Cardiff Blues in the quarter finals, which further highlights why, as well as he, should make the short list, he should be considered to be one of the leading contenders for the accolade.

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