Rob Kearney has landed
The Irish fullback met his new teammates and took part in his first Western Force training session this morning in front of the media.
Kearney, whose arrival has been highly anticipated, was delighted to be back out on the field in contrasting conditions to those back home.
“I’ve come from Dublin where it’s been minus five degrees, so to get the opportunity to be here is fantastic,” the 95-time capped Irishman said.
Having spent his entire club career in Europe with Leinster, where he won six PRO14 titles, four European Champions Cups and a European Challenge Cup during his 15 years with the Dublin-based side, Kearney is excited for the season ahead.
“I’m looking forward to challenging myself with a different type of game, meeting new people, coming to a new climate and new culture, that’s something really exciting.
With three World Cup campaigns and British & Irish Lions experience to his name, Kearney is determined to make an impact at the Force.
“What I bring off the field is going to be as important as what I bring on it. There are a lot of young guys here who want to and need to develop their game.
“I’ve come from some teams and cultures where we have won a lot of trophies and silverware, so hopefully I can incorporate some of that winning culture and what it takes to be a real high-performance team.”
Our Argentinian contingent is set to commence training at Force HQ next week. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Julián Montoya will not be travelling to Australia.