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Six Nations In Focus: Tadhg Beirne

Currently part of an Ireland side battling it out for back-to-back Six Nations Grand Slams, here is everything you need to know about Tadhg Gerard Beirne.

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Factfile

Name

Tadhg Gerard Beirne

Nation

Ireland

Place of Birth

Eadestown

Age

32

Club

Munster

Position

Lock, Flanker

Height

6ft 6in

Weight

113kg

International Caps

48

International Points

55

Odds

Having breezed past France, Italy and Wales in their opening three games of the 2024 Six Nations, Ireland are the 1/100 heavy favourites to claim the title.

Claiming bonus points in all of those opening three rounds, Ireland are sitting pretty on 15 points at the top of the standings, ahead of a trip to Twickenham before the arrival of Scotland to Dublin on the final weekend.

With those clashes against the English and the Scots to come, Ireland are firm favourites at 4/11 to win the Grand Slam this season, while no clean sweep for the Irish is currently available at 11/5.

Beirne is set to be in the thick of the action once again on Saturday with Ireland’s trip to Rugby HQ to face rivals England.

Head coach Andy Farrell and his Irish side are 1/5 to claim the win in London, while England are 4/1 to bounce back from their defeat to the Scots at Murrayfield last time out.

In the Handicap market at -12 points, Ireland are 10/11 to still come out on top.

Background and Profile

Born in Eadestown in County Kildare, Beirne attended Clongowes Wood College, before going on to Dublin City University.

Graduating through the academy system at Leinster, Beirne went on to make his debut for the club against Cardiff Blues back in September 2015.

However, Beirne’s career at Leinster was largely spent playing A-team games, or making appearances off the bench, such was the competition for places in the pack for a club side that were so dominant both in the Pro12 and in Europe.

Released by Leinster, Beirne found a new home in Wales with the Scarlets and played an important role in their superb 2016/17 season when they beat Munster 46-22 in the Pro12 Grand Final.

Beirne’s efforts in that final certainly did not go unnoticed at Munster, as the province snapped up the utility forward in October 2017 on an initial two-year deal.

He has not looked back since and now settled at Thomond Park, Beirne has developed into one of the top forwards in the world game.

International career

Beirne came through the ranks with Ireland’s youth teams and even played for the sevens team back in 2015.

A first senior Ireland call-up came in May 2018 for a tour of Australia later that summer and Beirne made his debut in the second test against the Wallabies on 16th June.

Playing in both the second-row and back-row, Beirne has become an important figure in Ireland’s pack and helped the national side claim the Grand Slam in the Six Nations last season.

Back-to-back Grand Slams have never been achieved in Six Nations history and Ireland are on the verge of something special.

Beirne’s form for Ireland also earned him a call-up to the last British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa and he featured in two of the Tests against the Springboks.

What to expect

Having played sevens rugby for his country, Beirne has the speed and the hands to perhaps set him apart from other players in his position.

Of course a physical player who will do the unseen work at the breakdown for his side, and Beirne does have a strong tryscoring record for his country, touching down 11 times in his first 48 Tests.

Beirne’s efforts for both club and country have seen him earn a number of individual accolades during his career.

For the 2017/18 campaign, Beirne was named Pro14 Players’ Player of the Season, while in 2022, he was selected in World Rugby Men’s 15s Dream Team of the Year.

With those sorts of awards under his belt, it’s fair to expect plenty from Beirne when he takes to the field and, more often than not, he duly delivers.

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