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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Kearney jnr must leave blues

Tony Ward

Tony Ward

For Rob Kearney, the season just gets better and better. In addition to the richly deserved IRUPA Players' Player of the Year award, the brilliant Leinster full-back has now annexed the ERC Player of the Year Award, and I'm sure there will be others to follow.

The 26-year-old old is playing the rugby of his life -- on a par with his widely lauded performances for the Lions in South Africa in 2009.

Physical courage under the high ball is matched by that moral courage to run with ball in hand as the first counter- attacking option. Far easier to put boot to ball than run back at the kick-chasing opposition -- but that's not the Kearney way.

The bottom line sees him fast becoming another of this golden generation set to be acknowledged as the best ever in his chosen position for Ireland.

The only downside, that can I see, relates to younger sibling Dave, who I also believe has all the attributes to become his biggest rival for the Ireland full-back slot.

But quite how that can be achieved at Leinster -- given the presence of Isa Nacewa as well -- is beyond me.

In this case, brotherly love has some bounds -- and if it doesn't, it should.

What would any of our three other Heineken Cup provinces give to have Kearney the younger on board? More to the point, this is where more efficient IRFU-driven use of indigenous resources should apply.

Irish Independent

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