The veteran Irish fullback, Rob Kearney, who last season played in the Western Force with the Argentines Tomás Cubelli, Domingo Miotti, Santiago Medrano and Tomás Lezana, announced on his Twitter account that he will retire from rugby next Saturday when he plays for Barbarians against Samoa.
Kearney, who has not played since his last match for the Australian team at Super Rugby in June, has been playing Gaelic football at GAA with his local club Cooley Kickhams, and will now take the field for the last time in Twickenham.
“It has always been a dream to play for Barbarinas and what a historic team to play your last rugby match with, thankful for the opportunity!” tweeted on Tuesday.
Kearney played 219 times for Leinster, winning four European titles, six national titles and a Challenge Cup. He also took part in two particularly impressive British and Irish Lions tours in 2009. He made 95 appearances for the Ireland national team. In 2020, he moved to Australia after 15 years playing for Leinster, in what was his last club at a professional level.