The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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The second rower, capped 43 times for the Kiwis, will eclipse an 18-year-old record held by former Cronulla and Eastern Suburbs stalwart Dane Sorenson who played 227 matches ? 216 for the Sharks.
"Growing up as a young fella Dane was a hero and idol of mine so it's a huge honour," Kearney said.
"It's something you don't really set out to achieve when you start playing but I'm quite humbled to have reached this milestone ? it's a nice record to have."
The 31-year-old former Auckland Warrior made his first grade debut for Western Suburbs in 1992.