Mr Dependable: Rob Kearney

Quietly and without fuss, Rob Kearney has outlasted them all to become the most decorated Irish rugby player in history. As he faces into a hectic 14th season as a pro, he talks business, sport and the rugby afterlife with David Robbins

23rd September, 2018
Rob Kearney: the rugby full-back goes about his business, both on the field and off, with a quiet professionalism Pic: Fergal Phillips

The photographer is fussing about the light. He wants it to fall just so on Rob Kearney’s face. “Lift your hand to your face,” he says. Kearney complies, stroking his chin in a classic thoughtful attitude. There is a certain appropriateness to this pose, because Rob Kearney, now 32 and in the final stretch of a glittering career, is in many ways the thinking person’s rugby player.

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