Thursday 19 July 2018

Munster-bound Beirne to thrive in green, insists Scarlets boss

 

Tadhg Beirne. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Tadhg Beirne. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac has backed Tadhg Beirne to make the step up to international rugby when he returns to Ireland next season.

Pivac confirmed that Beirne would definitely be leaving the Scarlets at the end of the current campaign as he looks to break into Joe Schmidt's plans ahead of the World Cup.

The 25-year-old Kildare native, who played four times for Leinster before moving to Wales, is bound for Munster.

Beirne was outstanding last season when the Scarlets won the PRO12 and Munster had attempted to lure him to Limerick in recent months. The abrasive lock, however, had signed a one-year extension and on the back of the faith that the Welsh side showed in him, Beirne opted to honour his contract.

"He won't be with us next season, I know that," Pivac told the Irish Independent.

"I've spoken with Tadhg. We put a really, really good offer in front of him which he's rejected.

support "He's a young fella, he's Irish. He wants to play for Ireland and who would blame him? It's like our boys want to play for Wales. We fully support him in this.

"We've got a very good player until the end of the season. If it doesn't work out, we'd welcome him back with open arms."

Beirne faces plenty of competition to force his way into the international reckoning but based on current form, Pivac believes that he would be playing for Ireland next month, if the circumstances were different.

"He's certainly a dominant force at our level of the game and he fits the style that we play," the Kiwi coach added.

"Depending where he goes, the style of play he'll be playing, if he ends up getting picked for Ireland. There are a lot of big men playing international rugby that have an engine like him but I think he will give a good account of himself if he is selected.

"I'd like to see him get a go and then it's up to him but certainly on form, I think he deserves an opportunity."

Irish Independent

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