Rob Kearney interview: ‘There’s no bitterness leaving rugby. It’s been so good to me’

Ireland’s most decorated player will play final game of his career, lining up as Barbarian

Rob Kearney after Ireland beat New Zealand in 2016. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rob Kearney after Ireland beat New Zealand in 2016. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s most decorated player of all time plays his final game of rugby this afternoon. Rob Kearney will hang up his boots once and for all after playing for the Barbarians against Samoa at Twickenham in the Killick Cup.

This might not be exactly how he envisaged his farewell. His 219th and final game for Leinster was against Ulster at the end of August 2020 at an empty Aviva Stadium, after which there was his stint with Western Force in Perth.

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