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Most Decorated Irish Player Ever

Postby blockhead » March 12th, 2018, 12:47 am

Rob Kearney has, I think, 4 Six Nations, 3 Heinos, 3 Pro14s and a Challenge cup to his name.
Has anyone go more than that?
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Re: Most Decorated Irish Player Ever

Postby fourthirtythree » March 12th, 2018, 10:11 am

Some haul, let's hope there's a bit more in this season alone for him.

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Re: Most Decorated Irish Player Ever

Postby Dave Cahill » March 12th, 2018, 10:21 am

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Re: Most Decorated Irish Player Ever

Postby blockhead » March 12th, 2018, 10:42 am

Did Healy play any part in the 2009 Slam of BOD?
Just checked, made his debut that November. Ditto SOB.
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Re: Most Decorated Irish Player Ever

Postby CiaranIrl » March 12th, 2018, 11:13 am

blockhead wrote:Did Healy play any part in the 2009 Slam of BOD?
Just checked, made his debut that November. Ditto SOB.
Best spans the 4 6N titles, anyone else?


No, just those two.

Kearney is much more decorated as an Ireland player than a Leinster player really. He played a full part in nearly every game in 2009, 2014, 2015, and again now, the 2018 six nations.

We forget that particular individuals might have been missing during particular tournaments in their era. I remember an interview with Rob Kearney in the run up to the Clermont game in 2012, and he said that from his own perspective, he didn't really feel like he has a full HEC medal. In 2009, he was injured (or ill) from after the Quinns match, so he missed the Munster game and then the final in Murrayfield. In 2011, he didn't play a single knock out match.

He was extraordinary in 2012, and a very deserved European player of the year. I think that a big part of what drove him that year was the feeling that his team mates had something that he didn't have. His performance away against Clermont was exceptional, and we wouldn't have won it without him (not just because of the ludicrous the drop goal).

Now obviously he certainly deserves the 2009 and 2011 medals, as he played in every match up to and including the quarter final in 09 and played in at least one group game in 2011 (Saracens?). But I know that the 2012 one is the one he'll feel he truly owns. His Ireland career is a bit different. He absolutely owns every one of the 4 6N medals.
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Re: Most Decorated Irish Player Ever

Postby blockhead » March 12th, 2018, 11:45 am

CiaranIrl wrote:
blockhead wrote:Did Healy play any part in the 2009 Slam of BOD?
Just checked, made his debut that November. Ditto SOB.
Best spans the 4 6N titles, anyone else?


No, just those two.

Kearney is much more decorated as an Ireland player than a Leinster player really. He played a full part in nearly every game in 2009, 2014, 2015, and again now, the 2018 six nations.

We forget that particular individuals might have been missing during particular tournaments in their era. I remember an interview with Rob Kearney in the run up to the Clermont game in 2012, and he said that from his own perspective, he didn't really feel like he has a full HEC medal. In 2009, he was injured (or ill) from after the Quinns match, so he missed the Munster game and then the final in Murrayfield. In 2011, he didn't play a single knock out match.

He was extraordinary in 2012, and a very deserved European player of the year. I think that a big part of what drove him that year was the feeling that his team mates had something that he didn't have. His performance away against Clermont was exceptional, and we wouldn't have won it without him (not just because of the ludicrous the drop goal).

Now obviously he certainly deserves the 2009 and 2011 medals, as he played in every match up to and including the quarter final in 09 and played in at least one group game in 2011 (Saracens?). But I know that the 2012 one is the one he'll feel he truly owns. His Ireland career is a bit different. He absolutely owns every one of the 4 6N medals.


Rob was subbed on in the 2009 final.
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Re: Most Decorated Irish Player Ever

Postby CiaranIrl » March 12th, 2018, 12:38 pm

blockhead wrote:
Rob was subbed on in the 2009 final.


Oh yeah! I forgot that. The general point is still true though.
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Re: Most Decorated Irish Player Ever

Postby Dexter » March 12th, 2018, 1:47 pm

Fair play to him. Probably the Most Underappreciated Irish Player Ever too...in some quarters anyway.
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Re: Most Decorated Irish Player Ever

Postby simonokeeffe » March 12th, 2018, 8:40 pm

Dexter wrote:Fair play to him. Probably the Most Underappreciated Irish Player Ever too...in some quarters anyway.


Kinda odd that the top 2, assuming Heaslip is second, are reviled in many quarters
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Re: Most Decorated Irish Player Ever

Postby Oldschool » March 12th, 2018, 9:40 pm

There must be a fair few kearneyphobes p!ssed off with who ever gave the MOM award.
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Re: Most Decorated Irish Player Ever

Postby fourthirtythree » March 12th, 2018, 11:06 pm

Oldschool wrote:There must be a fair few kearneyphobes p!ssed off with who ever gave the MOM award.


Have a wee glance at the tweet above from Quinlan.
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Re: Most Decorated Irish Player Ever

Postby simonokeeffe » March 13th, 2018, 9:23 am

fourthirtythree wrote:
Oldschool wrote:There must be a fair few kearneyphobes p!ssed off with who ever gave the MOM award.


Have a wee glance at the tweet above from Quinlan.


I thought Leavy but its not like it was Robs first game back from injury and he was subbed off on 50 minutes
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Re: Most Decorated Irish Player Ever

Postby blockhead » March 13th, 2018, 9:28 am

Some stats from GT
Players with 4 titles from 2009, ’14, ’15, ’18.

Rob Kearney. Played 19.

Rory Best. Played 15 +4 Rep.

Players with 3 titles from 2014, ’15 and ’18.

Rob Kearney. Played 14.

Conor Murray. Played 14.

Rory Best. Played 14.

Devin Toner. Played 13 +1 Rep.

Jack McGrath. Played 10 +4 Rep.

Sean Cronin. Played 0 + 14 Rep.

Johnny Sexton. Played 13.

Cian Healy. Played 9 +4 Rep.

Peter O’Mahony. Played 13.

Iain Henderson. Played 3 + 9 Rep.

Jordi Murphy. Played 2 + 7 Rep.
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Re: Most Decorated Irish Player Ever

Postby Oldschool » March 13th, 2018, 1:16 pm

fourthirtythree wrote:
Oldschool wrote:There must be a fair few kearneyphobes p!ssed off with who ever gave the MOM award.


Have a wee glance at the tweet above from Quinlan.

Fair play to Quinlan, always rated him as a player.
It's fair to say that his analysis, in the last year or so, has become much better and more rounded too.
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Re: Most Decorated Irish Player Ever

Postby CiaranIrl » March 14th, 2018, 1:09 pm

blockhead wrote:Some stats from GT
Players with 4 titles from 2009, ’14, ’15, ’18.

Rob Kearney. Played 19.

Rory Best. Played 15 +4 Rep.

Players with 3 titles from 2014, ’15 and ’18.

Rob Kearney. Played 14.

Conor Murray. Played 14.

Rory Best. Played 14.

Devin Toner. Played 13 +1 Rep.

Jack McGrath. Played 10 +4 Rep.

Sean Cronin. Played 0 + 14 Rep.

Johnny Sexton. Played 13.

Cian Healy. Played 9 +4 Rep.

Peter O’Mahony. Played 13.

Iain Henderson. Played 3 + 9 Rep.

Jordi Murphy. Played 2 + 7 Rep.


Are there many of the current squad that have a medal from 14 or 15, but not both? Henshaw was around in 15 but not 14 as I recall.
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