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Sunday 10 December 2017

I'll be too busy to pull pints on opening night, says Rob

Rugby stars Rob and Dave Kearney were at the National Ploughing Championships where they took part in the ‘Welly Line-Out’. They are pictured with winners Edel McGuane from Co Clare (left) and Roza Harrison from Co Wexford. Photo: Dylan Vaughan
Rugby stars Rob and Dave Kearney were at the National Ploughing Championships where they took part in the ‘Welly Line-Out’. They are pictured with winners Edel McGuane from Co Clare (left) and Roza Harrison from Co Wexford. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

LEINSTER rugby hero Rob Kearney says he'll be too busy preparing for his team's clash with the Cardiff Blues to pull pints in his new pub on opening night.

The new watering hole, The Bridge 1859, is set to open tomorrow night in Ballsbridge, the heartland of Leinster Rugby.

Kearney invested in the business along with his brother Dave and teammates Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien as well as Noel Anderson of the Grafton Lounge.

And while Rob says he is looking forward to pulling a few pints, he admitted that he probably won't get to do that on Thursday.

"It's important our focus isn't drawn away too much from the match at the weekend," he said.

Kearney was at the National Ploughing Championships with his brother Dave where they were signing autographs in the National Dairy Council tent and judging a 'welly line-up' where they picked out the snazziest pair of rubber boots.

Meanwhile, Rob revealed that he is a bit of a fan of the spoof Kearney brothers twitter account, that lampoons them as being unbearably dull. Kearney sees the funny side and read out a couple of his favourites, including: "Just seen a lovely set of steps. What a start to the weekend."

Meanwhile, he said the team will miss Brian O'Driscoll and that it is always difficult to replace someone who has played such a key role, especially someone who has been such a role model for the rest of the players.

Rob grew up on a farm in Co Louth but admitted that because he left to go to boarding school at Clongowes in Co Kildare at the age of 13, he hasn't had much contact with farm life since.

Speaking on Pat Kenny's Newstalk show he said his eventual retirement is a "daunting" prospect and didn't rule out a return to his farming roots.

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