UCD ALUMNI AWARD IN SPORT
Having achieved at the highest level in his rugby career, International rugby player Rob Kearney is one of the top full backs of the modern era. Rob emerged as a real prospect whilst playing schools rugby at Clongowes Wood College. He first played for Leinster as a schoolboy and the U19s, before becoming a senior in 2005, amassing 197 appearances and 223 points. His Ireland debut was against Argentina in 2007, and has 84 caps for Ireland. He has four Six Nations titles and was on the winning British & Irish Lions team in their test series against Australia. In an outstanding achievement, Rob started every game of the 2014 and 2015 Six Nations-winning campaigns and every game of the 2009 and 2018 Grand Slam seasons.
As an undergraduate Rob played with UCD RFC and was a UCD sports scholarship recipient, he continued to play with UCD RFC in the early period of his Leinster and Ireland career. Off the pitch, he is successful in business and advocates for concussion screening.