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Prop Forward

Liam Byrne

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Nationality

Irish

Date of birth

18.08.1999

Heritage Number

1092

Debut

25.02.2019

Player Bio

Liam Byrne has excelled in the last few years and has quickly become a consistent starter in Matt Peet’s first team.

Byrne started his Rugby League career at amateur club Cadishead Rhinos and was given a trial with Wigan, after impressing a local amateur coach at Wigan St. Judes ARLFC who informed the Warriors Academy about him.

Whilst on trial he caught the train from Salford and cycled to training every morning to make it in on time. At the same time, he played for the Wigan Warriors Education team.

Stand-out performances for the Under-19s led to him being signed up permanently by the Warriors in 2017 before he spent two years in the Academy and became a double Under-19s Grand Final winner.

Byrne was awarded the 2018 Wigan Warriors Official Supporters Club ‘Riversiders’ Player of the Year.

After spending pre-season with the first team, Byrne made his Wigan debut at the end of February 2019 and scored his first try for the Club against Hull FC at the DW Stadium.

Overall, in 2019, he made 14 appearances under Adrian Lam and became a real force in Wigan’s forward pack.

Internationally, Byrne has Irish heritage and has previously played in the 2018 European Championships and 2022 World Cup. He featured in World Cup qualifier matches for the Irish at the end of 2019 – helping his side to reach the 2021 tournament with a victory over Italy and featured in the first two of Ireland’s group stage matches at RLW21.

2020 proved to be a solid season for the young prop forward, making 11 appearances and scoring one try. Byrne gained the first silverware of his career late in the season, as Wigan lifted the League Leaders’ Shield.

He became an ever present in 2021 as the prop forward made 25 appearances for the Warriors.

2022 saw Byrne play a role on the winning side at the Challenge Cup Final at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, winning against the Huddersfield Giants and he was one of the most consistent names on the team sheet in 2022, as he made 29 appearances in cherry & white, scoring 1 try.

In October 2022, Byrne was selected for Ireland for the RLWC2021 and went on to make two appearances in the tournament group stages.

In 2023, Byrne added a second League Leaders’ Shield to his honours tally but missed out on a Grand Final appearance for the Club after picking up an injury late in the season.

Byrne was involved in both Wigan’s 2024 Betfred World Club Challenge and Betfred Challenge Cup wins, adding two more pieces of silverware to his tally with the Warriors.

Player Honours

Challenge Cup

2

2022, 2024

Leaders Shield

1

2020, 2023

World Club Challenge

1

2024

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