It Looks Like Rob Kearney Might Be Leaving Leinster After The World Cup
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Vive la France.
Rob Kearney is yet to reveal where he’ll be playing his rugby after the Rugby World Cup in Japan, with his IRFU contract set to expire at the end of the tournament – but one of his teammates might just have let it slip.
Discussions between him and the IRFU are ongoing, with the 33-year-old revealing just last week that he would like to stay in Ireland – but that progress has been “slow.”
“Discussions have started with the IRFU,” Kearney told The42
“They’re slow, they’re progressing a little bit, but I’m not in a huge rush.
“I’m pretty content with where I’m at. I know that there will be something that I’ll be able to do.”
That has led to many believing the offer on the table isn’t quite what Kearney is after in terms on money and/or length. This is why teammate Sean O’Brien is believed to have signed with London Irish next season, with the English club offering him a much better package than the IRFU were allegedly willing to because of his age and injury record.
Kearney’s injury record isn’t far off O’Brien’s, with the fullback missing a long of game time over the last few seasons. He’s also a year older than the openside, so perhaps a move abroad might be better for all parties.
And it appears none other than O’Brien himself might have let the cat out of the bag at the Leinster Rugby awards.
“Best of luck in France chieftain been a pleasure.” O’Brien wrote on Instagram pictured alongside Kearney.
Is Kearney off to France? Quite possibly.