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Reports: Dave Kearney And Adam Byrne Linked With Intriguing Moves To America

Reports: Dave Kearney And Adam Byrne Linked With Intriguing Moves To America
Joshua Bell Curran
By Joshua Bell Curran
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Leinster rugby veteran Dave Kearney and Connacht's Adam Byrne have both been linked with moves to the US to play for Major League Rugby's newest franchise the Chicago Hounds.

The duo were both Leinster teammates until Byrne's move out West last season. With Kearney now 33 and Byrne set to depart Connacht this summer it looks like the pair could be set for a reunion in the Windy City.

Dave Kearney Adam Byrne Leinster Rugby Chicago Hounds

28 September 2019; Peter Dooley, left, Adam Byrne, centre, and Dave Kearney of Leinster following their victory in the Guinness PRO14 Round 1 match between Benetton and Leinster at Stadio Monigo in Treviso, Italy. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The move originally reported by Murray Kinsella of the 42.ie would see Dave Kearney's 15-year career at Leinster come to an end.  During that time, the Louth winger enjoyed winning a Six Nations, travelling to a World Cup and winning every available trophy with Leinster. However, injuries mixed with an injection of younger players has seen Kearney struggle for game time in Leinster's key matches.

Byrne on the other hand, moved to Connacht last season following his 67 Leinster caps, he too was struggling to break into an admittedly stacked Leinster side. However, an injury-marred season has left the 29-year-old with just six appearances for Connacht and frankly no better off than he was with Leinster.

Dave Kearney and Adam Byrne Leinster Rugby

31 August 2018; Matthew Morgan of Cardiff Blues is tackled by Adam Byrne, left, and Dave Kearney of Leinster during the Guinness PRO14 Round 1 match between Cardiff Blues and Leinster at the BT Cardiff Arms Park in Cardiff, Wales. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile


Kearney's move isn't all that surprising. It was stated when the club was created last year that Rob and Dave Kearney are co-founders of the Hounds. Additionally, there's a stacked Irish attache already there with  CEO James English, Attacking Coach Dave Clancy as well as players Luke Carty, Paddy Ryan and Mark O'Keefe all hailing from these shores.


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It also appears as if the Kearney brothers are keen to expand that Leinster clique, with extra.ie reporting that former Leinster centre Noel Reid (currently playing with the Toronto Arrows) is tipped to make the move. Meanwhile, third-choice Leinster scrum-half Nick McCarthy is reportedly a target for the Hounds as well.

Dave Kearney Rob Kearney Noel Reid

25 May 2019; Dave Kearney, Noel Reid and Rob Kearney of Leinster in the dressing room following the Guinness PRO14 Final match between Leinster and Glasgow Warriors at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The Chicago Hounds launched last season and have struggled so far this season winning just one of eight matches. However, the addition of players from arguably the best club side in the world would be revolutionary for any team, let alone a developing club in a developing league.

SEE ALSO: Brian O'Driscoll Elated That Father Will Be Handed Overdue Ireland Cap

Brian Frank O'Driscoll

8 March 2014; Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll is embraced by his father Frank after the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Photo by Sportsfile

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