|KILDARE man, Tadgh Beirne from Eadestown, has been named by Head Coach, Warren Gatland, in the 37-man British and Irish Lions squad to tour South Africa for the 2021 Castle Lager Lions Series this summer.
Jason Leonard announces Kildare’s Tadhg Beirne as a members of the 2021 Lions Squad Photo: INPHO/Billy Stickland
Tadhg Beirne is one of eight Irish men in the squad which will be captained by Welshman, Alun Wyn Jones. Leinster’s Johnny Sexton, James Ryan and Garry Ringrose were notable absentees from the squad.
29 year old Beirne, who played for Leinster and Scarlets before joining Munster in 2018, can play at lock or in the back row. The former Clongowes Wood student made his Irish debut on 16 June of that year on the tour to Australia and has now won 22 Irish caps and was regularly Man of the Match for Ireland in this year Six Nations Championship.
Speaking about his squad selections earlier today Gatland said, “We believe we’ve picked a squad capable of winning a Test series in South Africa.”
“Selecting a Lions squad is never easy and, in many ways, this has been the most challenging selection I have been involved in. Over the course of the last three weeks the coaches and I have rigorously debated each position. We saw some outstanding performances in the recent Six Nations, so competition for places has been tough with some incredibly tight calls to make.
“However, we are very happy with the squad we have assembled and look forward to meeting up in Jersey in just over a month’s time to start our preparation to take on the World Champions. We’ve left out some very talented players which gives an indication to the strength of this squad and we know how important that stand-by list will be.
“Being selected for a Lions Tour is the greatest honour for a British and Irish player and I congratulate everyone named today.”
We all extend our congratulations to Tadhg Beirne on his selection.