Rob Kearney, a former Ireland and Leinster full-back, has announced his retirement after playing for the Barbarians on Saturday. Ireland’s most decorated player has 95 caps for his country and 15 years with Leinster, but his trophy-laden career is coming to a close.
Kearney, who was born in Louth, previously played with Western Force in Australia before leaving in the summer. Confirming his retirement on Twitter, Kearney said: “It’s always been a dream to play for the @Barbarian_FC and what a historic team to play your last game of rugby with, grateful for the opportunity!”
Kearney’s illustrious rugby career includes four Six Nations titles, two of which were Grand Slams, as well as four European Cups and six league titles with Leinster, where he made 219 appearances. In 2009 and 2013, he also toured with the British and Irish Lions.
Following his retirement from Western Force and a 16-year hiatus from Gaelic activities, Kearney returned to GAA club activity with Louth team Cooley Kickhams earlier this year.
Source: BBC Sport