Rob Kearney

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Brothers in arms: Rob Kearney and Bundee Aki at Saturday’s  Guinness Series clash with South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Brotherhood. It’s a word not often heard spilling out into public from the bear-pit of the professional game. The concept of a bound alliance, with it(...)

Rob Kearney during Monday’s Ireland rugby press conference at Carton House. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Usually one of the coolest on the pitch, Rob Kearney felt the nerves coming into Ireland’s match against South Africa with only 80 minutes of rugby in(...)

South Africa’s centre Damian de Allende   is tackled by  Robbie Henshaw. Photograph: Getty Images

I’d many reasons to go to the Aviva on Saturday, but chief among them was the opportunity to watch the Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx and the wonderful(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway dodges South Africa’s Andries Coetzee to score a try at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 38 South Africa 3 To say that Ireland won pulling away is an understatement. By the end, Ireland won almost too easily, and rarely has an Iri(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton  avoids Andries Coetzee during the Ireland v South Africa match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The era of untouchable giants crumbles: the Springboks and Les Bleus can no longer be considered global rugby powers. That Allister Coetzee’s shambol(...)

 Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores his  late try. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rob Kearney Out of action more often than not these past two years and it showed. Jumped for high balls only to land empty handed. Failed to mop up (...)

Ireland winger  Andrew Conway makes a break for the opening try during the Guinness Series match against South Africa  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 38 South Africa 3 In the end it was a pummelling, but Ireland had to put in plenty of hard graft and tackles before decorating the game with (...)

Ireland players get ready for the squad photograph after the  Captain’s Run at  the Aviva Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

15 Rob Kearney Age: 31 Height: 6’2 Weight: 95kg (14st 13lbs) Caps: 76 Points: 67 Last played against Wales in the Six Nations Championship in March an(...)

Bundee Aki is set to make his Ireland debut in the first Test against South Africa on Saturday. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The newly-qualified Bundee Aki is set to make his debut for Ireland against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday in the Guinness Autumn Serie(...)

Ulster forward Iain Henderson launches Canterbury’s “Rising Strength” video series, at Queen’s University, Belfast. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

It was a timely Lions tour for Iain Henderson. Larking among the All Blacks in June like he was one of them, the Ulster forward lived up to the player(...)

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