Wounded at the End of Time gives Dave Kearney a new appreciation for the daily grind Pipa News

Wounded at the End of Time gives Dave Kearney a new appreciation for the daily grind

Since his first full season as a professional rugby player, Dave Kearney had not played as many games as in his previous stint.

Or a man who has become part of the furniture at Leinster, making four appearances and making just three starts over the course of the season, that wasn’t what Kearney was used to.

Injury wreaked havoc and as he watched the young wingers seize their opportunity, Kearney was forced into a disappointing brief.

While he was doing so, another of his teammates made the difficult decision to hang up his shoes, as Dan Levy joined the unwanted list of early retirees.

Although Kearney always thought he would make it back, after turning 33 in June, he knew that time was not on his side.

If anything, though, it reminded him to appreciate the good times even more, which is why he’s enjoying the opportunity to build on his try-scoring debut in the season last weekend, when Leinster went to RDS yesterday. Benetton will host.

“Definitely, definitely,” Kearney says. “As you get older you definitely start thinking about it more. In your mid-20s you don’t think about it. From the time you get into your 30s, you’ve been thinking about it more. I start thinking more.

“Once you know you’re going to come to terms with it, that’s part of it, you know? You also have to enjoy your last bits of it whenever it’s going to happen.

“But yeah, every time you’re out on a Friday night at RDS or around, playing with the boys in the changing room, no matter what, don’t take it lightly. Yeah, I guess you Maybe appreciate that time whenever you get a little older.”

Levy’s recent case further illustrates how quickly the dream can end, and after battling his fair share of injuries over the years, Kearney understands the precarious nature of the business.

“I think you’ve known that since you started playing,” he says.

“When I was younger with the likes of Eoin O’Malley retiring and more recently Dan Levy. It’s always a factor when you play rugby, so again it’s one of those things that you don’t take lightly. can not take.

“Unfortunately you get that reminder so often. We never like to see it happen, but that’s just the nature of the game and the game we’re in.

No matter what happens from here, Kearney looks back on his career as what most could ever dream of, but the fire burning within him means he’s not finished yet, even if He admits that his Ireland ambitions are on the back-burner for now.

Kearney won his last of 19 caps in a practice game ahead of the 2019 World Cup, and while he would love to pull off the green jersey again, he knows he has a lot of ground to build on.

“It’s probably not at the fore of my mind at the moment, given that I haven’t really been involved in the last few years.

“Maybe two years ago I thought I could have been or should have been, but I wasn’t.

“Like, I mean never say never. Right now I’m focusing on playing well here.

“Obviously, we have a very competitive team. The strength we have is really like an Irish team.

“It is my goal to be in this team this season for the big games, the European Games. Just (to do this) regularly, I guess.”

His older brother Rob is no longer part of the Leinster dressing room, but he is still ready to offer advice whenever he is called upon, with Dave likely to follow his lead by ending his career somewhere like Australia. did not deny. “He’s still watching all of our games,” Kearney says.

“It’s not like I don’t have a sounding board to talk about in performance. Yeah, obviously it’s a change but it’s like when someone drops Leinster.

“Obviously he’s still involved in rugby and commenting on sports, so he still has an eye for the game and he’s got a good knowledge of everything, so it’s definitely my game and stuff for me.” But in terms of giving feedback which is good.

“There probably aren’t a lot of Irish players who have played and played in Australia, so I think the opportunity probably doesn’t come about that often, but certainly, it would be great for any player to go here and experience something like that. Will tempt

“A different atmosphere, a different atmosphere when you have been in a club for 13 or 14 years. It’s definitely good to change the environment.”

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