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Ireland legend Rob Kearney set for Australian Super Rugby move to Western Force

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Rob Kearney still plenty to offer after leaving Leinster. Image credit: Sportsfile.

Rob Kearney still plenty to offer after leaving Leinster. Image credit: Sportsfile.

Rob Kearney still plenty to offer after leaving Leinster. Image credit: Sportsfile.

Ireland legend Rob Kearney looks set to sign for Australian Super Rugby franchise Western Force.

The retiring full-back, who penned a lengthy farewell letter to fans of Ireland and Leinster today, is believed to be close to agreeing the move which would see him move Down Under for the 2021 season.

Like everything in the current climate, the move is subject to Covid-19 allowing the competition to progress but if it is completed it would mark a fascinating next chapter for the most decorated player in Irish rugby history.

Based in Perth, The Force have not been part of Super Rugby for a number of years, but will return next year after featuring in Super Rugby AU. They just recruited Wallaby Tevita Kuridrani and have strong financial backing.

In his farewell letter, Kearney thanked his parents, fiance, brother Dave, coaches, team-mates and fans but never said he was finishing up.

It is understood that he has been searching for a move abroad that would provide a fresh challenge but options have been limited by the financial constraints brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The move is almost unprecedented from a player of his stature in the Irish game and is sure to excite the large Irish population living in Western Australia.

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