Of the current crop only Kearney, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Rory Best, Paul O'Connell and Jamie Heaslip remain from that glorious campaign.
And ahead of the trip to Paris, Kearney admits he and the other five will need to play a key role if Ireland are to beat France and claim the RBS 6 Nations title.
He said: "Those guys who were involved in '09 have a huge responsibility.
"I was thinking about it during the week that one of my regrets as a player is that Grand Slam game in 09. I was probably a little bit of a passenger and I just let the 80 minutes drift by a little bit, whereas this week I've a really brilliant opportunity, not to be a match-winner, but to go after it much more and that's where my head is at this week."