Rob, who has won 90 caps to date for his country, made his international debut against Argentina in June 2007. The most decorated player in Irish Rugby’s history Rob has played a central role in two Grand Slam campaigns (2009 & 2018) as well as two further Six Nations Championship successes (2014 & 2015).
“I am feeling pretty good about where I am physically and mentally after a long season which has contained a few lows but also some massive highs," commented Kearney.
"There are goals I still want to achieve with both Leinster and Ireland next season but I will enjoy a couple of weeks off now before getting stuck into what will be a hugely exciting season for Irish Rugby.”
Rob featured prominently in both victories over New Zealand (2016 & 2018) and played in all three Tests of the successful Series win over Australia in the summer of 2018.
Since making his senior debut for Leinster in 2005 he has gone on to represent the province on 209 occasions winning four Heineken Cups, a Challenge Cup and five Celtic League/Guinness PRO rugby titles.
Rob has represented Ireland at two Rugby World Cups (2011 & 2015) and is a two-time Lions tourist (2009 & 2013) playing in all three Tests on the South Africa tour.