Irish fullback Rob Kearney reunited with his new teammates and participated in his first Western Force training session in front of the press. The talented and winning back will share a team with the Argentines Santiago Medrano Tomás Lezana, Domingo Miotti and Tomás Cubelli, a combo that promises to add quality to a team that failed to win in the 2020 version of Super Rugby Australia.
Kearney, whose arrival has been highly anticipated in Australia, was delighted to be back on the field in conditions that contrast with those of his country: “I come from Dublin, where it is minus five degrees, so to have the opportunity to be here is fantastic”, said the Irishman, who has 95 international tests.
Having spent his entire club career in Europe with Leinster, where he won six PRO14 titles, four European Champions Cups and one European Challenge Cup during his 15 years with the Dublin-based team, Kearney is excited for the season to come.
“I’m looking forward to challenging myself with a different kind of game, meeting new people, reaching a new climate and a new culture, that’s something really exciting.
With three World Cups on their backs and the experience with the British and Irish Lions, Kearney is determined to make an impact on the Force.
“What he brings off the field is going to be as important as what he brings on the field. There are many young people here who want and need to develop their game. I come from some teams and cultures where we’ve won a lot of trophies and silver medals, so I’m looking forward to incorporating some of that winning culture and what it takes to be a high-performing team. “
Our Argentine contingent is ready to start training at Force HQ next week. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Julián Montoya will not travel to Australia, the club reported officially.