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Shane Byrne Biography – Shane Byrne Wiki
Shane Byrne is a former Irish rugby union player. He got his first cap for Ireland in 2001 and went on to win a further forty caps for his country. He was part of the winning Triple Crown team in 2004 that was captained by Brian O’Driscoll.
Originally from County Wicklow, Byrne was brought up having a traditional Irish upbringing and thus played Gaelic football up to under-16 level with the local Aughrim club. He attended Blackrock College in Dublin and started playing rugby at the age of 13 when he went as a boarder to the college, the alma mater for many great rugby players. Although he played rugby at college through his teenage years he never did well in it or had a real interest in it until he was about 17 years old.
As a result Byrne joined Blackrock Senior Rugby Club when he was 21 and played 18 seasons with the club.He also went on to play 14 seasons with Leinster. Although he got into the Irish Squad in 1993 it was a long wait with many ups and downs before he got his first cap for Ireland against Romania in Romania.
Byrne plied his trade for Leinster for many years and in 2005 he was selected for the British and Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand. After the Tour his contract talks with Leinster were inconclusive, so he joined Saracens FC and headed off to England, wife and family in tow for two years.
In 2009, Byrne decided it was time to hang up his boots and try new things off the rugby pitch. His rugby career highlights including winning the Triple Crown in 2004 and scoring two tries in a match against Wales, and the New Zealand Lions Tour in 2005.
Byrne is also involved in fundraising for umpteen different charities like Temple Street and our Lady’s Hospice and is Ambassador for ‘Fighting Blindness’ and patron of GOAL, the International Humanitarian agency. More recently he has put his name to the Wicklow Hospice Charity and is a big supported of the ‘Pink Ladies’ a local girls youth club who are trying to promote a spirit of keep it local, shop local in the county. Shane participated in the RTE programme ‘Charity you’re a Star’ in the Helix, Dublin to raise money for his chosen charity, GOAL.
Byrne has also taken part in a number of TV shows, including Dancing With The Stars, Celebrity Come Dine With Me Ireland, Charity You’re A Star and even appeared in Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie. He was also a captain on Know The Score sports quiz on RTÉ.
Shane Byrne Age
James Shane Byrne was born on 18 July 1971 in Aughrim, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Shane Byrne Wife
Shane Byrne is married to his wife Caroline Byrne, a native of Monaghan, whom he was introduced to by a friend at a disco in Dundalk. He got married to Caroline in 2001.
Shane Byrne Family
Former Irish rugby union player Shane Byrne and his wife Caroline Byrne have twin daughters, Alex and Kerry.
Shane Byrne Dancing With The Stars
Former rugby player Shane Byrne was the sixth celebrity to be confirmed for the sixth series of Dancing with the Stars.
“Throughout his illustrious rugby career, Shane Byrne has earned over 100 caps for Leinster and been part of a Triple Crown-winning Ireland squad,” Dancing with the Stars Ireland wrote. “But now he takes on his biggest challenge yet… See you on the dance floor, @shanebyrneoffic! 🏉 #DWTSIrl #DWTS”
He joined former state pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy, Panti Bliss (aka Rory O’Neill), Brooke Scullion, Paul Brogan and Suzanne Jackson for Dancing with the Stars 2023.
Speaking to Jennifer Zamparelli on RTÉ 2FM, Byrne said he is really looking forward to hitting the dance floor in January 2023 for the new series.
“It’s not like anything I’ve ever done before — it’s a long way from the rugby pitch — but I’ll give it my all and I know I’ll have a lot of fun along the way,” the Wicklow native said.
He was paired with dance partner Karen Byrne.
Shane Byrne Height
How tall is Shane Byrne? The former rugby player stands at a height of 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m).
Shane Byrne Mullet
He is nicknamed ‘Munch’ or ‘Mullet’ for his iconic hairstyle. In January 2023, Dancing With The Stars celebrity Shane Byrne revealed that his wife Caroline had put the foot down and insisted he keeps the most famous mullet in Ireland. He confirmed his wife is not for turning, even if he wanted to lose his locks to raise money for a good cause.
“There has been several conversations over the years about it. I’ve done a lot of things for charity and I’ve made a damn fool of myself many a time for charity. But my wife has put her foot down on that one and and she’s just gone ‘hell no’,” he told the Sunday World.
Despite being tempted to shear his flowing hair on several occasions, the former rugby player pointed out he previously learned his lesson after a bad reaction.
“I shaved it off once and I got a very bad chest infection, so I said, ‘No I’m never doing that ever again’,” said Shane.
Shane Byrne Net Worth
Ex-rugby star Shane Byrne’s net worth is estimated to be $1 million.