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Sunday 20 August 2017

Rob Kearney: 'I don't want to be next Joe Schmidt'

Rob Kearney
Rob Kearney

RUGBY star Rob Kearney has revealed that he won't be following in Ronan O'Gara's footsteps in becoming a rugby coach when he retires.

The Irish player (29) said that while rugby is "all he knows", he has no plans to turn his hand to coaching.

"I've been exposed to rugby my whole life," he said. "At that age of 32, 33, 34 when I do retire, if I suddenly have to make a decision that's me finished as a rugby player, I think I could find that really difficult.

"Right now, if I was to put my house on whether I'd be a rugby coach, I'd say no."

In the meantime however, Rob told Irish Tatler Man that he's busy both on and off the rugby field.

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Despite recently going into the bar trade with team mates Jamie Heaslip, Sean O'Brien and his brother Dave at The Bridge 1859 in Ballsbridge, Rob admitted he won't be having any late nights at the bar any time soon.

"It's going really well," he said. "The best use I get out of it is after training - going down to eat as opposed to drinking pints."

While his latest off-the-pitch venture as the face of Newbridge Silverware is also keeping the full-back busy, Rob admitted he has had to shake off a few slaggings.

"If you do something and the lads don't slag you about it, that's when you need to start worrying."

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