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#Shane Byrne

# shane-byrne - Monday 5 March, 2018

'Guys who never played amateur rugby get to see how it used to be - fun before and afterwards'

For the ninth successive year, Ireland will play England in the pre-Six Nations legends fixture.

# shane-byrne - Friday 26 May, 2017

'It was the greatest tour I was ever on but there's still a huge amount of pain and regret'

He should look back on it with a huge sense of pride but Shane Byrne’s memories of the 2005 Lions tour are skewed by the disappointment of a series defeat.

# shane-byrne - Wednesday 21 December, 2016

From the figure of 8 in Chicago to Shane Byrne's Olympic doppleganger: 8 times that rugby went viral this year

Plus, nine-year-old Australian powerhouse Meaalofa Te’o.

# shane-byrne - Tuesday 20 October, 2015

Champions League vs Rugby World Cup - There's no comparison

Our Champions League columnist Tommy Martin is fed up of the rugby and football comparisons.

# shane-byrne - Saturday 17 October, 2015

# shane-byrne - Friday 11 September, 2015

The Six Nations trophies climbed the highest mountain in Ireland today

The best of the pictures from the ‘Caps to the Summit’ event.

# shane-byrne - Thursday 5 February, 2015

Two of Paul O’Connell’s former team-mates are confident that this won’t be his last Six Nations

Malcolm O’Kelly and Shane Byrne believe the Ireland captain can continue playing beyond the World Cup.

# shane-byrne - Thursday 2 October, 2014

'It's very hard to make the transition from player to supporter' - Shane Byrne

The mulleted hooker remembers the early days of the professional era and Leinster vs Munster.

# shane-byrne - Sunday 6 April, 2014

Shane Byrne: Leinster need to dominate trench warfare if they are to stun Toulon

The former Leinster and Ireland hooker is leaning towards a home win for the reigning champions but hopes Matt O’Connor’s men can prove him wrong.

# shane-byrne - Friday 4 April, 2014

Shane Byrne: Pienaar and 'world-class wrecking ball' Ferris to see Ulster through

The former Leinster and Saracens hooker believes his old side will fall short at a sold-out Ravenhill on Saturday evening.

# shane-byrne - Thursday 13 March, 2014

Shane Byrne: 'Teed up for France to have a cracker but Ireland for the win'

‘Any other sane coach would have Morgan Parra back in’ says the former Leinster and Ireland hooker on Philippe Saint-Andre’s team selection.

# shane-byrne - Saturday 8 March, 2014

O'Driscoll won't tolerate any 'Let's win it for Brian' talk in the dressing room Column This post contains videos

O'Driscoll won't tolerate any 'Let's win it for Brian' talk in the dressing room

Former Leinster and Ireland hooker Shane Byrne believes the country’s leading try scorer is deserving of every accolade he gets.

# shane-byrne - Thursday 13 February, 2014

VIDEO: Can you better Conor McGregor's origami or Shane Byrne on the drums?

So this is how he has been spending all those days recovering from knee surgery.

# shane-byrne - Sunday 2 February, 2014

'Winning start for Ireland if they inflict their game on Scotland' - Shane Byrne

The former Leinster and Ireland hooker believes Joe Schmidt’s men will beat the Scots if they reproduce even 80% of the game they brought to the All Blacks.

# shane-byrne - Friday 6 December, 2013

Very silly Saints talk of Leinster revenge and back-to-back wins - Shane Byrne

The former Leinster and Ireland hooker is confident the three-time champions can win at Franklin’s Gardens.

# shane-byrne - Monday 18 November, 2013

'No need for wholesale changes despite Ireland's upsetting performance' - Byrne

Former Ireland and Lions hooker Shane Byrne believes Joe Schmidt’s team was out-analysed on Saturday.

# shane-byrne - Saturday 9 November, 2013

Shane Byrne: Ireland must be braced for super-charged Samoa

Samoa are no longer developing. They’ve arrived, says Ireland’s former hooker.

# shane-byrne - Sunday 3 November, 2013

10 signs you're a rugby hipster

What starting XV are Oyonnax putting out this week lads?

# shane-byrne - Friday 25 October, 2013

'Far from vintage Leinster are relying on Heaslip and O'Brien'

Former Leinster and Ireland hooker Shane Byrne has also praised the early-season impact of Jimmy Gopperth.

# shane-byrne - Thursday 24 October, 2013

Average career for professional rugby players is 7 years - survey

IRUPA is launching a new initiative to assist more than 500 former Irish rugby pros.

# shane-byrne - Saturday 5 October, 2013

'Leinster players won't use Paul O'Connell head kick as motivation'

Dave Kearney was knocked unconscious after he was on the receiving end of a reckless kick.

# shane-byrne - Friday 4 October, 2013

‘Boot Heineken Cup rebel unions out of the Six Nations’

Former Ireland hooker Shane Byrne believes the IRB need to nip European rabble rousing in the bud.

Shane Byrne: Thomond Park win over Leinster would be real coup for Munster

The former Ireland and Lions hooker believes Leinster’s star quality in the back row should see them edge tomorrow’s match.

# shane-byrne - Friday 6 September, 2013 experts’ guide to the Pro12 season

We asked some former rugby players, a Gaelgoir and our in-house fanatics for their insights ahead of the big kick-off.

# shane-byrne - Wednesday 21 August, 2013

Column: 'Test breakthrough was definitely coming for Eoin O'Malley'

Former Leinster and Ireland hooker Shane Byrne believes the retired rugby player would have been a quality Ireland international.

# shane-byrne - Saturday 29 June, 2013

Shane Byrne: Gatland makes a statement as he goes for brute force gameplan

The former Ireland and Lions hooker feels ‘tackling machine’ Dan Lydiate has been drafted in to shut Will Genia down.

# shane-byrne - Friday 28 June, 2013

'What James Horwill did was far from an accident' - Shane Byrne Deep Impact This post contains videos

'What James Horwill did was far from an accident' - Shane Byrne

The former Lions hooker expects the Australia captain to miss out on the Third Test with a playing ban.

# shane-byrne - Saturday 22 June, 2013

'Nauseating. Terrifying. The pinnacle of your career' -- Former Lions on First Test thrill

David Wallace and Shane Byrne share their experiences of making Lions Test debuts in South Africa and New Zealand.

# shane-byrne - Thursday 20 June, 2013

'O'Brien didn't put a foot wrong but has to watch from the stands' -- Shane Byrne

The former Ireland and Lions hooker feels Warren Gatland has made a horses for courses selection in Dan Lydiate.

# shane-byrne - Saturday 1 June, 2013

Column: Lions gameplan must not be sacrificed for personal ambitions

Former Ireland and Lions hooker Shane Byrne warns that Sergio Parisse and Dimitri Yachvilli will be the BaaBaa’s danger men.

# shane-byrne - Friday 17 May, 2013

Parisse and Stade eager to emulate Clermont and beat Leinster up

The abrasive Clermont and Glasgow Warriors packs are a blueprint for the French challengers.

Ultimate combatant O'Driscoll would love to go out with a Grand Slam

Former Ireland and Leinster hooker Shane Byrne believes Joe Schmidt’s appointment as Ireland coach made up O’Driscoll’s mind.

# shane-byrne - Saturday 27 April, 2013

Column: Last chance at Lions saloon for Heaslip and Kearney

Former Leinster and Ireland player Shane Byrne believes Joe Schmidt can bolster the club’s trophy coffers before departing.

# shane-byrne - Saturday 13 April, 2013

Column: Hell for leather rivalry has driven Irish rugby for over a decade

“The people you want to lose least to are the people you know best,” says Shane Byrne.

# shane-byrne - Friday 12 April, 2013

Clane RFC members embark on 170km fundraising run to Thomond Park

30 club members set off from Kildare early this morning and hope to arrive in Limerick in time for Munster vs. Leinster.

'No doubt about it, Paul O'Connell is going on the Lions Tour' - Shane Byrne

The former Ireland and Lions hooker believes the touring squad will be dominated by Welshmen.

# shane-byrne - Wednesday 3 April, 2013

Shane Byrne: I wouldn’t be surprised if Declan Kidney walked early

The former Leinster and Ireland hooker believes Conor O’Shea and Mark McCall would be reluctant to take the head coach job.

# shane-byrne - Tuesday 19 March, 2013

Healy and O'Brien may be Ireland's only Lions starters - Shane Byrne

The former Ireland and Lions hooker believes Jamie Heaslip is in for a nervy time ahead of Warren Gatland’s squad selection.

# shane-byrne - Friday 8 March, 2013

'Earls will never miss passing to O'Driscoll ever again' - Shane Byrne

The former Leinster and Ireland hooker is delighted with the changes in the French starting XV.

# shane-byrne - Tuesday 26 February, 2013

'To play Scotland without a recognised kicker was madness' - Shane Byrne

The former Ireland hooker believes Declan Kidney’s tenure with the national team ‘is done’.

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