Shane Byrne (rugby union)

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Shane Byrne
Full name James Shane Byrne
Date of birth (1971-07-18) 18 July 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Aughrim, County Wicklow
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 101 kg (15 st 13 lb)
School Blackrock College
Spouse Caroline
Rugby union career
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Saracens F.C.
Correct as of 6 October 2014
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
British and Irish Lions
Correct as of 6 October 2014

James Shane Byrne (born 18 July 1971) is a former Irish rugby union hooker. He is nicknamed 'Munch' or 'Mullet' (a reference to his hair style).

A native of Aughrim, County Wicklow, Byrne played Gaelic football up to under-16 level with the local Aughrim club.[1] He attended Blackrock College in Dublin.


He plied his trade for many years at Leinster. His international career started comparatively late and did not blossom until the retirement of Keith Wood. When he eventually got his chance in a World Cup qualifier in Romania in 2001 he took it and thereafter became a fixture in the national side where he won 41 caps between 2001 and 2005, scoring three tries.

In February 2003 Byrne played his 100th game for Leinster.

In 2005 he was selected for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and played in the first and third tests. Byrne has scored a total of three tries for his country, scoring two of those in one match against Wales during the 2004 Six Nations series.[2]

Following the Lions tour his contract talks with Leinster were inconclusive and he joined Saracens in the summer of 2005 for two years, before returning to Ireland.

Personal Life[edit]

Byrne participated in a Charity You're A Star edition on RTÉ in the Helix, DCU. His chosen charity was GOAL, an Irish founded charity group.

In June 2008, Byrne revived his GAA career with the local Aughrim club after a 17-year lapse, lining out at centre-back in a Wicklow junior ’C’ league game against Coolkenno.[1] His switch to the full-forward position did not stop Aughrim from crashing to a heavy defeat.[1]

In June 2010, Byrne announced his involvement in, an online community for the development of school-boy rugby, coaches and parents. In April 2012, Byrne participated in an episode of Celebrity Come Dine With Me Ireland. In June 2014, Shane made his acting debut with the release of Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie.

Byrne is a director with Arklow Waste Disposal, his family business.[3] He is also head of operations for Focus International Property.

Byrne has been a captain on the sports quiz show Know The Score since November 2016.

He is married to Caroline (a native of County Monaghan) and has twin girls Alex and Kerry.


  1. ^ a b c - GAA Football & Hurling
  2. ^ "'It was the greatest tour I was ever on but there's still a huge amount of pain and regret'". The 42. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  3. ^ Farrelly, Hugh (13 January 2009). "It's time to end all the nonsense". Retrieved 2009-05-02. 

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