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Ireland great Kearney to retire after Barbarians outing

Nov 24 (Reuters) – Former Ireland full again Rob Kearney stated he’ll retire after lining up for the invitational Barbarians facet towards Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday, bringing an finish to one of the crucial profitable careers in Irish rugby.

The 35-year-old is Ireland’s most adorned participant with 95 caps and 4 Six Nations titles, two of which had been Grand Slam-winning campaigns. He additionally toured with the British & Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013.

Kearney final performed for Ireland on the 2019 World Cup in Japan, the place they reached the quarter-finals.

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“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 wrote on Twitter.

Kearney made 219 appearances throughout his 15 years at Irish membership Leinster, the place he received six league titles and 4 European Cups, and in addition spent six months at Australian facet Western Force earlier this 12 months.

Kearney resumed his Gaelic soccer profession with Louth-based membership Cooley Kickhams following his stint with Western Force.

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Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup - Ireland Captain's Run - Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi, Japan, September 27, 2019 - Ireland's Rob Kearney during training. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

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