Saturday 14 December 2019

George Hook: Rob Kearney is a one-trick pony

George Hook has launched a stinging attack on Rob Kearney in the wake of Ireland’s crushing Six Nations defeat to England at Twickenham.

Ireland went down 21-10 and put in a lacklustre display as they registered a second tournament defeat in three games.

Speaking on Independent.ie’s live Six Nations coverage, Hook again questioned Joe Schmidt’s conservative tactics, called for the Kiwi to introduce fresh faces to the team and accused Kearney of being a “one-trick pony”.

“Imagine McCloskey, Ringrose and Henshaw coming from the back. It’s fantasy stuff,” said Hook.

“Saying Rob Kearney caught the ball, that’s what he is paid to do. He is a one-trick pony. Absolutely a one-trick pony. His career is coming to an end.”

Eddie Jones came in for plenty of criticism during the week when the England coach suggested that Johnny Sexton’s parents must be worried about the constant injuries the Irishman has suffered.

And although George Hook says there is some merit in what Jones says, he has labelled the Aussie as the enfant terriblé of the Six Nations, overtaking Wales coach Warren Gatland.

Hook said: “Maybe Eddie Jones meant what he said (about Sexton).

“Has he gone beyond the pale? Probably. Is there merit to what he says? There is.

“Warren Gatland used to be the enfant terrible of the Six nations. Eddie Jones has taken it to a new level.”

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