Ireland international Rob Kearney signs one-year deal with Western Force

Rob Kearney has played 98 Tests for Ireland
Rob Kearney has played 98 Tests for Ireland

Ireland international Rob Kearney will make his debut for Western Force after he was signed by the Australian club on a one-year deal.

Kearney has been with Leinster since his professional rugby debut in 2005 and has enjoyed four Champions Cup titles (2009, 2011, 2012, 2018), seven Pro14 titles (2002, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020) and a Challenge Cup success in 2013.

“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,” said Kearney to Force's official 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 team-mates and coaches alike and to meet the ever-growing Western Force fanbase, which also includes a strong Irish contingent.”

The 34-year-old played 95 Tests for Ireland between 2007 and 2019 and has enjoyed four Six Nations titles with the side including two Grand Slams in 2009 and 2018. He also part of the British and Irish Lions series in 2009 tour of South Africa and 2013 tour of Australia.

“He is a player of the highest calibre that brings a wealth of experience and quality to the side," said Western Force head of rugby Matt Hodgson.

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