THE father of rugby ace Dave Kearney has told the Dundalk Democrat that he fully supports Joe Schmidt’s comments regarding the Paul O’Connell kick that left his son hospitalised for concussion.
David Kearney Senior says he completely agrees with the Leinster coach, who strongly criticised the decision not to cite Munster lock Paul O’Connell.
O’Connell attempted to fly hack a ball that had been placed by Dave Kearney, but O’Connell kicked the younger of Kearney brothers straight in the head, rendering him unconscious.
Kearney was then taken to hospital where he remained for a number of days.
Critics of the decision not to cite O’Connell have said that while the kick was unintentional, the level of recklessness demonstrated by the Munster and Ireland star and the damage caused to the Leinster winger should have seen O’Connell brought before a disciplinary panel, if just to explain his actions.
“I don’t want to comment in detail on the incident, but I would say that I absolutely welcome what Joe Schmidt had to say on the matter,” says Mr Kearney Senior, who runs JP Kearney and Sons in Carlingford. “I’m glad that he has spoken out .”
The good news is that Dave is making a speedy recovery. “David is doing well. He took a full part in session on Friday, though he didn’t do any contact work. He is being monitored and he is taking all the relevent cognisance tests following this type of injury. He is being very well looked after at Leinster.”
It is however unclear if the speedster will be made available for Leinster’s crucial Amlin Challenge Cup clash with Biaritz this weekend.
“I don’t think David knows and I don’t think Leinster know, at this stage at least.”
David Kearney Senior also said that he believed that Joe Schmidt is the right man for the Ireland job, with a deal likely to struck by the end of the week. “Rob has told me that he is the best coach that he has ever worked under. He is a coach of a different calibre.”