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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Rob always willing to help local rugby club

John Whately, President Dundalk Rugby Club, being presented with Ireland jerseys by Robert (Left) and David Kearney at Dundalk Rugby Club last year.
John Whately, President Dundalk Rugby Club, being presented with Ireland jerseys by Robert (Left) and David Kearney at Dundalk Rugby Club last year.

Anne Campbell

Dundalk Rugby Club president Dr John Whately is bursting with pride following Rob Kearney's performance in Cardiff on Saturday and says everyone 'feels ten feet taller'.

Kearney played with Dundalk RFC up to under-12s and his father, David, is a former club captain, president and current fixtures secretary.

Dr Whately said Ireland's historic Grand Slam win was 'tremendous for everyone in the country, whether they were involved in rugby or not'.

The morale-boosting win against Wales came down to a nail-biting finish and the Welsh penalty miss handed the title to Ireland for the first time in 61 years.

Dr Whately said the game was 'thrilling to say the least' and although he didn't travel to the Welsh capital for the contest, he thoroughly enjoyed watching the club's former player making a significant contribution to the win.

He said: 'Everyone at the club is very proud of Rob and all that he has achieved, especially as he is just 22. Rob played brilliantly throughout the entire Six Nations championship, especially at full-back.

'Rob showed his class with his great hands and wonderful left foot, not to mention his fine running. You couldn't but be proud of him.

'He has been a great ambassador for Dundalk, Louth and Ireland and not only is a great player, he is lovely fellow off the pitch and a good speaker.

'Rob is always very willing to contribute to Dundalk RFC and he has been very good to us'.

Dundalk RFC hopes to have a night in honour of their former player but when that might happen depends on Kearney's commitments with Leinster in the Magner's League, the Heineken Cup and a possible place in the Lions' team.

Dr Whately said: 'I don't know how much we will get to see him over the next while. He's very high profile on such big stage'.

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