Position: Prop forward
Date of birth: 18/08/1999
Heritage number: 1092
Height: 6ft 2
Previous club: Wigan Academy (Cadishead Rhinos)
Representative honours: Ireland
Wigan Debut: vs Hull FC (H), prop forward (sub) (scored one try), lost 22-23 at the DW Stadium, 25/02/2019
League Leaders’ Shield: 2020
A rising star in the forward line, Liam Byrne has excelled in the last few years and has become a serious contender for a consistent starter in Adrian Lam’s first team.
- The 19-year-old 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.
- He spent two years in the Academy and became a double Under-19s Grand Final winner.
- Was awarded the 2018 Wigan Warriors Official Supporters Club ‘Riversiders’ Player of the Year.
- Previously played for the Wigan Reserves and Championship side Swinton Lions on dual registration.
- 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. 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.
- Signed a new four-year deal in January 2020 to remain at the DW Stadium until 2023.
- 2020 proved to be another 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.