Saturday 21 April 2018

'Moving to Scarlets was the best decision of my career' - ex-Leinster lock Tadhg Beirne justifies his move with PRO12 win

27 May 2017; Tadhg Beirne of Scarlets celebrates at the final whistle during the Guinness PRO12 Final between Munster and Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
27 May 2017; Tadhg Beirne of Scarlets celebrates at the final whistle during the Guinness PRO12 Final between Munster and Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Former Leinster lock Tadhg Beirne said moving to the Scarlets was the best decision of his career after the Scarlets were crowned PRO12 champions following a 46-22 demolition of Munster at the Aviva Stradium on Saturday.

After playing just four games with Leinster last season, Beirne was picked up by the Llanelli based club where he has quickly developed into one of the club's best forwards.

The 24-year-old said that he wouldn't have been playing at Leinster if he had of stayed in Ireland but that moving to the Scarlets was the best decision that he could have made.

"It was a brave decision but it was the best decision of my career," Beirne told RTE Sport after the game.

"I wouldn't have been playing if I had of stayed with Leinster, and I came to the Scarlets with some hope of getting some gametime and I didn't get it at the start, but I got an opportunity, and I took it, and I've started more or less every game since.

"Now I'm a PRO12 champion!"

Beirne was outstanding for the Scarlets and scored the champions third try of the game after burrowing his way over the top of the Munster defence.

Rassie Erasmus' side conceded six tries in what was the biggest loss in PRO12 final history.

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