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Kearney: 'Family plays a huge role'
03 Sep 2015 10:10
When Ireland complete their last-minute preparations before opening their World Cup bid against Canada in Cardiff, Rob Kearney's mother Siobhan will light a candle and Rob won't be wearing lucky jocks.
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Ireland full-back Rob Kearney will clear his mind, focus on the biggest stage of all - and leave the rituals to his mum.
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The Lions star draws strength from his mother's support, but is just too steely-eyed to let superstition creep into his own routine.
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No lucky pants for the 29-year-old means no fretting about remembering what to pack - and no match-day panic.
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"I look at guys with superstitions, and some guys say 'I only wear these jocks for every game'," Kearney said.
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"But I've seen guys leave those lucky jocks back in Dublin, then worry about what to do next.
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"Being forced into a corner or a situation like that, it's not something I really want.
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"Thankfully I'm not too superstitious and I don't intend on being so anytime soon.
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"The support of my family is different obviously, their backing is huge.
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"To know that they are thinking about you, and supporting you, that always gives you a lift.
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"Family plays a huge role in you fulfilling your potential.
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"The happier you are, the more comfortable you are: the more you can do your thing when it comes to game-time."
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