Sunday 21 January 2018

Jess Redden looks proud as punch of boyfriend Rob Kearney after French victory

Rob Kearney and his new girlfriend Jess Redden leaving The Shelbourne Hotel on Sunday. Picture: Fergal Phillips
Rob Kearney and his new girlfriend Jess Redden leaving The Shelbourne Hotel on Sunday. Picture: Fergal Phillips
Rob Kearney and his new girlfriend Jess Redden leaving The Shelbourne Hotel on Sunday. Picture: John Dardis
Rob Kearney and his girlfriend Jess Redden leave the team hotel yesterday. Photo: Mark Doyle
(L to R) Jess Redden, Rob Kearney and Dave Kearney arrive to see Hozier perform at The Olympia
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Rob Kearney and Jessica Redden are earning their status as Ireland's hottest new couple.

The Irish rugby star (28) and third level student (22) were spotted arm in arm as they left The Shelbourne Hotel yesterday afternoon following Saturday's victory over France.

And it looks like the blonde beauty is adjusting to life in the limelight as she beamed from ear to ear joining her boyfriend of more than a year as they were snapped by photographers outside the plush hotel.

Read more: Meet the next generation of Irish rugby WAGs

Rob Kearney and his new girlfriend Jess Redden leaving The Shelbourne Hotel on Sunday. Picture: John Dardis
Rob Kearney and his new girlfriend Jess Redden leaving The Shelbourne Hotel on Sunday. Picture: John Dardis

The loved-up couple may be dating for 14 months, but have managed to avoid being photographed together, bar appearances at a few select events. And Jess went for understated glamour with a pair of grey skinny jeans, thigh high black boots and a red Michael Kors bucket bag.

Rob previously dated Footballers' Wives star Susie Amy (33) for over three years and hasn't been publicly linked with anyone since, so it's no surprise Rob was protective over his new Dublin girlfriend, according to pals.

Read more: Family affair for The Kearneys as Rob takes girlfriend Jess to Hozier gig with brother Dave

"It took Rob a while to introduce Jess to everyone," an insider explained. "But he is completely smitten with her.

"He was simply protecting her from the spotlight because it's still relatively early days. She's a bit younger than him, but he's completely mad about her."

Love was in the air yesterday as players and their other halves celebrated another victory as Ireland continues their Grand Slam campaign.

Simon Zebo's Spanish model other half Elvira Fernandez, Jonny Sexton and his wife Laura, Rory Best dutifully pushing a buggy, while Cian Healy and Jamie Heaslip were also spotted.

(L to R) Jess Redden, Rob Kearney and Dave Kearney arrive to see Hozier perform at The Olympia
(L to R) Jess Redden, Rob Kearney and Dave Kearney arrive to see Hozier perform at The Olympia
Johnny Sexton and his wife Laura leaving the Shelbourne Hotel yesterday. Photo: John Dardis.
Johnny Sexton and his wife Laura leaving the Shelbourne Hotel yesterday. Photo: John Dardis.

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