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Kearney believes he can hit ground running

Guinness PRO12 Editor

23 Oct 2012

Rob Kearney insists he would have no problem stepping straight into the international arena even if he fails to prove his fitness for Leinster ahead of Ireland’s autumn internationals.

Kearney, 26, has played just 32 minutes of rugby this season due to a back injury, picked up in his first comeback game against Connacht in the RaboDirect PRO12.

Joe Schmidt had suggested Kearney may be available for one of Leinster’s Heineken Cup matches but he is still waiting for his second appearance of the season.

He will face a fitness test on Thursday to see if he can make his return this week against Cardiff Blues and will be more hopeful of making the visit to the Ospreys a week later.

But even if he doesn’t feature in either of those matches, Kearney would have no qualms about turning out for Ireland against South Africa on November 10.

“In an ideal world, you would like to get a couple of games under your belt, but I'm not going to be too fazed by it,” Kearney told the Irish Independent.

“I came back into an international before the World Cup after being out for nine months and it went okay, so it is something I have done before.

“While ideally I’d be able to get a few games under my belt, if that's not the case then we don't live in a perfect world.”