Rob Kearney to retire after Barbarians' game against Samoa

Rob Kearney has played 95 Tests for Ireland
Rob Kearney has played 95 Tests for Ireland

Former Ireland and Leinster fullback Rob Kearney has announced that he will be retiring from the sport at the conclusion of the Barbarians' game against Samoa scheduled on Saturday.

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 was also part of the British and Irish Lions series in 2009 tour of South Africa and 2013 tour of Australia.

Kearney's professional rugby debut came against Leinster in 2005 and has made 219 appearances for them. He had 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 during his time with the Irish provincial side.

"It's always been a dream to play for the Barbarians and what a historic team to play your last game of rugby with, grateful for the opportunity!"

Barbarians' team to face Samoa: 15 James O'Connor, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Izaia Perese, 12 Len Ikitau, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Ryoto Nakamura, 9 Tate McDermott; 1 Tom Robertson, 2 Malcolm Marx, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 4 Jack Dunne, 5 Rodrigo Fernandez Criado, 6 Pete Samu, 7 Rob Leota, 8 Olly Robinson.

Reserves: 16 Steven Kitshoff, 17 Kosuke Horikoshi, 18 Naohiro Kotaki, 19 Angus Bell, 20 Duane Vermeulen, 21 Nic White, 22 Ryan Wilson, 23 Rob Kearney, 24 Marcos Moneta.