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Rob Kearney: Ireland must make Aviva Stadium a 'fortress'

Updated: Saturday, 25 Jan 2014 15:43 | Comments

November's narrow loss to New Zealand saw Rob and Dave Kearney start an international together for the first time
November's narrow loss to New Zealand saw Rob and Dave Kearney start an international together for the first time

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Leinster and Ireland full-back Rob Kearney has said Ireland need to recapture the atmosphere of last November’s international against New Zealand to make the Aviva Stadium a “fortress”.

Speaking on the Late Late Show with his brother Dave, Rob Kearney recalled the atmosphere in the immediate aftermath of his try against New Zealand in the autumn internationals.

“I’ve never heard noise like it, in any stadium worldwide,” he opined.

“The Aviva sometimes has been criticised a little bit for not being able to develop that atmosphere and get some real noise going. By God, that was electric.”

Earlier this week, Ireland captain Paul O’Connell spoke about his frustration with elements of playing in the Aviva.

“I suppose it’s such a fantastic stadium, it’s so luxurious and so comfortable, people take time getting to their seats,” O’Connell said.

"It is a bit of a frustrating thing to come out at times, particularly at half-time and for the crowd not to be in their seats.

“Certainly we have to give the crowd something to cheer about, there’s no doubt about that, but I do think, at this stage, we need the crowd to realise they have big role to play for the team as well in terms of supporting us.”

Looking forward to the Six Nations, Dave Kearney singled out Wales as the biggest threat.

“There’s a lot of talent and strength in depth in their team,” he said.

Speaking about his plans for after his rugby career, Rob Kearney acknowledged that the possibility of a career-ending injury was something that played on his mind.

“Life after rugby happens for everyone, and you don’t know when it’s going to come,” he said. “And unfortunately, as well, that transition is going to be pretty difficult. You have to be prepared for it.”

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