IT DIDN’T TAKE Tadhg Beirne long to endear himself to the Munster faithful following his summer arrival, but after another powerful display on his return to the shirt after international duty he is keen to strengthen their Champions Cup standing against Castres this weekend.
Beirne celebrates Tyler Bleyendaal’s try in Cork. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO
Beirne, 26, was one of seven Ireland internationals to come back into the Munster team for their convincing eight-try victory over Edinburgh last weekend, but one man who missed the November games, Conor Murray, has certainly impressed the former Leinster and Scarlets forward.
Saturday was their first chance to play together for Munster following Murray’s lay-off due to injury and Beirne thinks the best scrum-half around will make a huge impact in the weeks ahead.
“Look, everyone knows Conor is probably the best nine in the world, so he brings his own element to it,” said Beirne, who has scored one try in his seven Munster starts.
“His box-kicking is outstanding, his speed of play is outstanding, you could see there he even went to the wing at the end and he just fitted in like it was nothing, so credit to him and his ability.
“I think for everyone who came back from international duty, I thought we fitted in really well and put in a good performance.
“Boys are still fighting for positions. It just lifts the standards in training, especially the quality of the likes of Murray and (Chris) Farrell, Tyler (Bleyendaal) and all those boys coming back, even Jaco (Taute), so it just lifts the standards in training.