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Saturday 16 December 2017

Bad news ladies, Jess is rugby star Rob's new girl

It's the news women across the country were dreading - Ireland's most eligible rugby hunk has a serious girlfriend.

Ireland and Leinster rugby star Rob Kearney (28) is officially off the market and has been with blonde bombshell Jess Redden for the past year, the Herald can reveal.

The stunning Dundrum native, who is 21, has nabbed the well-known sports star and they have been seen enjoying each other's company in various restaurants and bars around Dublin.

Kearney has done his best to keep his romance with the former Alexandra College student under wraps.

He previously went out with Footballers Wives star Susie Amy (33) for over three years and hasn't been publicly linked with anyone since.

However, he and Jess have become more open about their romance in recent months and it's now described as "one of the worst-kept secrets in rugby circles".

"Rob's a very private guy and like a lot of the rugby players, he hates talking about his relationships so has made a point of not making a big deal when he has a girlfriend. It's something he would prefer to keep out of the spotlight," said a source.

"He and Jess have been together for roughly a year and things have been going really well between them. It was common knowledge in their tight-knit circle that they were going out but they weren't going to announce it.

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"This is his first serious girlfriend since Susie so he's been happy to let things develop away from the glare."

Kearney recently dipped his toes into the hospitality world and opened up a new bar with brother Dave, alongside fellow players Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien.

However, Jess was not at the official opening night of The Bridge 1859 in Ballsbridge, which was formerly known as Bellamy's.

"None of the guys' girlfriends were at the press launch and that was a very deliberate decision. Jamie's girlfriend Sheena O'Buachalla wasn't there either and that's because they prefer to keep their relationships to themselves," the source added.

Louth native Rob dated British actress Susie Amy for three years before going their separate ways in 2012. They rekindled their relationship a year later before deciding to call it quits and remain on amicable terms.

A representative for Rob Kearney declined to comment and Jess Redden did not respond when asked about their relationship.

mfinn@herald.ie

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