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European Player of the Year

Giocatore Europeo dell'Anno 2012

Rob Kearney (Leinster Rugby)

Rob Kearney

The prestigious award crowned an outstanding season for the full-back who started every one of Leinster's nine European games as the Irish club triumphed in the Heineken Cup for an unprecedented third time in four years. Kearney succeeds teammate, Sean O'Brien, as the winner of northern hemisphere rugby's ultimate individual accolade.

The 26-year-old scored six tries during the campaign and pushed himself into contention for the honour with a series of high-quality displays in the tournament's pool and knockout stages.
Kearney scored two tries in the quarter-final victory over the Cardiff Blues, then followed that up by creating a try for Cian Healy and landing a superb drop goal in the thrilling semi-final success against ASM Clermont Auvergne, before playing a key role in Leinster's record-breaking 42-14 final win over Ulster Rugby at Twickenham Stadium.

Kearney was presented with his award, a specially struck gold medal, by ERC Chief Executive, Derek McGrath, at a ceremony in ERC offices in Dublin today (Monday, 21 May 2012).
"Rob was both rock-solid in defence and inspirational in attack during what was another magnificent Heineken Cup campaign for our 2012 champions, Leinster," said McGrath. "He scored six tries, ran powerfully, kicked superbly and the sheer all-round quality of his performances made him an excellent choice as ERC European Player of the Year 2012."

"It really is an honour to have won this award," said Kearney. "While I am delighted with the recognition, an individual player is powerless without the support of his teammates. So I owe this to the Leinster squad, to the management and to all the backroom staff at the club."

Born: 26 March 1986, Dundalk, County Louth
Height: 1.85m / 6'1"
Weight: 95kg / 14st 13lbs
School: Clongowes Wood College
Province: Leinster Rugby
Heineken Cup appearances: 43
Ireland caps: 38
British & Irish Lions tests: 3 (v South Africa, 2009)

Finalisti dell'edizione 2012 Giocatore Europeo dell'Anno ERC

Stephen Ferris (Ulster Rugby) Jonny Sexton (Leinster Rugby)
Rob Kearney (Leinster Rugby) Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon)
Ruan Pienaar (Ulster Rugby)

Giocatori selezionati per il Giocatore Europeo dell'Anno ERC 2012

Mouritz Botha (Saracens) Jonny Sexton (Leinster Rugby)
Mike Brown (Harlequins) Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby)
Antoine Claassen (Brive) Timoci Matanavou (Toulouse)
Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse) Ignacio Mieres (Exeter Chiefs)
Owen Farrell (Saracens) Ben Morgan (Scarlets)
Stephen Ferris (Ulster Rugby) Ronan O'Gara (Munster Rugby)
Wesley Fofana (ASM Clermont Auvergne) Netani Talei (Edinburgh Rugby)
Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues)

Giuria di esperti

Stuart Barnes (Sky Sports), Stephen Jones (Sunday Times), Raphael Ibanez (vincitore della Heineken Cup), Emmanuel Massicard (Midi Olympique), Gerry Thornley (Irish Times).

giocatori europei dell'anno

2018 Leone Nakarawa Leone Nakarawa Racing 92
2017 Owen Farrell Owen Farrell Saracens
2016 Maro Itoje Maro Itoje Saracens
2015 Nick Abendanon Nick Abendanon ASM Clermont Auvergne
2014 Steffon Armitage Steffon Armitage RC Toulon
2013 Jonny Wilkinson Jonny Wilkinson RC Toulon
2012 Rob Kearney Rob Kearney Leinster Rugby
2011 Sean O'Brien Sean O'Brien Leinster Rugby
2010 Ronan O'Gara Ronan O'Gara Munster Rugby
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