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Kearney named European Rugby Player of the Year

Updated: Tuesday, 22 May 2012 15:16 | Comments

Rob Kearney pictured with his ERC European Rugby Player of the Year Award
Rob Kearney pictured with his ERC European Rugby Player of the Year Award

Leinster's Rob Kearney has been named the ERC European Player of the Year 2012.

The award crowns an outstanding season for the full-back who started every one of Leinster's nine European games as the province triumphed in the Heineken Cup for a third time in four years.

Kearney succeeds teammate Sean O’Brien as the winner of northern hemisphere rugby's ultimate individual accolade. The 26-year-old was presented with his award, a specially struck gold medal, by ERC Chief Executive, Derek McGrath, at a ceremony in in Dublin on Monday. 

Kearney scored six tries during the Heineken Cup campaign and pushed himself into contention for the honour with a series of high-quality displays in the tournament's pool and knockout stages.

"It really is an honour to have won this award," said Kearney.

"While I am delighted with the recognition, an individual player is powerless without the support of his teammates.

"So I owe this to the Leinster squad, to the management and to all the backroom staff at the club."

Kearney also shared a close-up picture of the medal with his 67,000 twitter followers along with the message: "Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would win this award!"

Rob Kearney picture

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