Gordon D’Arcy: Beirne’s arrival can help take Munster to another level

A flowing philosophy over a rigid system looks like Munster’s new foundation stone

Tadhg Beirne: his  incredible engine gets him into situations where an extra set of hands become a vital link. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Tadhg Beirne: his incredible engine gets him into situations where an extra set of hands become a vital link. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Paddy Johns has no knee cartilage but the 50-year-old remains an iron man. Literally. The former Ireland captain does triathlons in his spare time away from his dental practice.

Paddy and I pedalled in tandem for a few miles on a recent cycle for Paul Wallace’s cancer research charity. We briefly overlapped in the green jersey, my debut against Romania in 1999, and on this day the conversation circled around training techniques.

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