Phil Egan
Phil Egan

09:39 29 Sep 2020

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Former Leinster and Ireland full-back Rob Kearney has joined Australian side Western Force on a one-year deal.

The 34-year-old played 15 seasons with Leinster and during that time won four European Champions Cups, one Challenge Cup and six PRO14 titles.

Kearney's last appearance for the Province was the PRO14 final win over Ulster at the Aviva Stadium in August.

"I am delighted to be joining the Western Force for their upcoming season and excited to play with such an ambitious club who are looking to improve on this year’s campaign," Kearney told the Western Force website.

"I hope to add value both on and off the field that complements the high ambition of the club.

"I’m particularly excited to immerse myself in a new performance environment and to play both with and against some of the best players and teams in the southern hemisphere.

"I look forward to moving to Western Australia to begin building relationships with my new teammates and coaches alike and to meet the ever-growing Western Force fan base which also includes a strong Irish contingent."

Head of rugby at Western Force, Matt Hodgson added: "Rob is a fantastic signing, but more than that he is a great person who will be able to bring a lot to WA rugby.

"He is a player of the highest calibre that brings a wealth of experience and quality to the side.

"He also brings a winning mentality, having experienced so much success for his country and Leinster.

"We can’t wait for the Sea of Blue and the sizeable Irish community within WA to see him pull on the Force jersey next season."

Kearney will join the Perth-based club for pre-season later this year ahead of the 2021 season.

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