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Rob Kearney / Cooley

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Lots of GAA crossover with rugby in Ireland.
Mick Galway, David Beggy, Rob Kearney, Moss Keane, Gavin Duffy, Ger Brady, Tomas O'Leary, Sweetnam.

Rugby heads should have started targeting GAA players long ago like the AFL do with rugby players and other sports but I think they are too conservative for it. I heard one rugby fan say Tommy Walsh from Kerry wouldn't have made it in rugby as he didn't have the hands!!

playonref (UK) - Posts: 7 - 13/08/2021 13:05:37    2370429

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Replying To StoreysTash:  "I have to confess I always presumed Rob Kearney was from South Dublin, that is not a Louth accent he has."
Think he went to Clongowes. There's a fair few Leinster lads who aren't from south Dublin but went to well known rugby schools. Heaslip, D'Arcy, the Kearneys, Doris (Mayo but went to Blackrock), Toner etc. Or even Shane Horgan who went to secondary school in Drogheda but you'd never guess from his accent.

HighKings (Meath) - Posts: 271 - 13/08/2021 13:40:51    2370434

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Replying To HighKings:  "Think he went to Clongowes. There's a fair few Leinster lads who aren't from south Dublin but went to well known rugby schools. Heaslip, D'Arcy, the Kearneys, Doris (Mayo but went to Blackrock), Toner etc. Or even Shane Horgan who went to secondary school in Drogheda but you'd never guess from his accent."
Shane played minor football for Meath.

MicktheMiller (Offaly) - Posts: 401 - 13/08/2021 19:58:00    2370539

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Replying To playonref:  "Lots of GAA crossover with rugby in Ireland.
Mick Galway, David Beggy, Rob Kearney, Moss Keane, Gavin Duffy, Ger Brady, Tomas O'Leary, Sweetnam.

Rugby heads should have started targeting GAA players long ago like the AFL do with rugby players and other sports but I think they are too conservative for it. I heard one rugby fan say Tommy Walsh from Kerry wouldn't have made it in rugby as he didn't have the hands!!"
I'm a bit puzzled how that rugby fan thought that Tommy Walsh didn't have the hands. He gave an exhibition of fielding in the drawn All Ireland Minor Final v Roscommon in 06.

TippRed (Tipperary) - Posts: 42 - 14/08/2021 03:26:51    2370616

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Replying To playonref:  "Lots of GAA crossover with rugby in Ireland.
Mick Galway, David Beggy, Rob Kearney, Moss Keane, Gavin Duffy, Ger Brady, Tomas O'Leary, Sweetnam.

Rugby heads should have started targeting GAA players long ago like the AFL do with rugby players and other sports but I think they are too conservative for it. I heard one rugby fan say Tommy Walsh from Kerry wouldn't have made it in rugby as he didn't have the hands!!"
Many of those were playing rugby alongside GAA all the way they werent targeted by rugby...

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2549 - 14/08/2021 10:13:44    2370631

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Rob Kearney played minor football with Louth back in 2004. Good luck to him and Cooley this year.

Ollie2 (Louth) - Posts: 458 - 21/08/2021 13:20:14    2373563

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Replying To Ollie2:  "Rob Kearney played minor football with Louth back in 2004. Good luck to him and Cooley this year."
Did he not play in senior county final that year as well Ollie?

Greengrass (Louth) - Posts: 5688 - 21/08/2021 15:02:28    2373585

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Replying To Greengrass:  "Did he not play in senior county final that year as well Ollie?"
He did indeed Greengrass and he scored a point as well. He played in midfield. Could you imagine him and Keenan lining up for the Wee County in their prime?

Ollie2 (Louth) - Posts: 458 - 21/08/2021 15:48:17    2373607

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