Feb 13th, 2020
Kearnsie and I met playing for Randwick in the 80's. We then went on to play together at NSW Waratahs and the Wallabies. A quality player, leader and person and I am grateful to have him on my show.
Kearns was born in Sydney Australia and educated at Newington College (1979–84) and the University of New South Wales where he graduated with an Arts degree, majoring in Economics. He played his provincial rugby for New South Wales.
He made his Wallaby debut in 1989.
He enjoyed a rivalry on the pitch with New Zealand's Sean Fitzpatrick. During one Bledisloe Cup match he scored a try by barging through Fitzpatrick and then made a two fingered gesture to him, saying something which most TV watchers thought they could lip read. Kearns insisted he said "Two sausages at tonight's barbecue please". The catalyst for this incident was from the previous season when Fitzpatrick sledged Kearns without mercy, telling him to "Go home to your Mummy".
He was a member of Australia's Rugby World Cup-winning teams of 1991 and 1999. Although he was injured midway through the 1999 tournament he is one of only 20 players who have won multiple Rugby World Cups.
In October 2005 in the driveway of his home, Kearns accidentally ran over his 19-month-old daughter, Andie. After a long hospital stay, his daughter made a full recovery. Kearns later launched a driveway safety campaign.