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Confirmed: Tadhg Beirne will be a Munster player next season

‘We are disappointed to lose such a quality player and quality person from the group’

Tadhg Beirne will leave Scarlets at the end of the season and join Munster. Photograph: Getty Images

Scarlets have confirmed that Irish born second row Tadhg Beirne will leave the region at the end of the current season, with Munster confirming that he will be joining them.

The 25-year-old Kildare native joined the Scarlets ahead of the 2016-17 season and has played 32 games for the region to date.

His on-field physicality has led him to win numerous man of the match awards and he currently tops the turnovers won chart in the Pro14.

Beirne has scored three tries for the Scarlets including one against Munster in the Pro12 final in May 2017, helping Scarlets to win the competition.

Since arriving in Wales in the summer of 2016 Beirne has expressed his desires and ambitions to represent his country of birth on the international stage and his move at the end of the season to Munster will give him the best possible platform to do so.

A former Ireland Under-20s player, Beirne featured in all of Ireland’s games during the 2012 Under-20s Six Nations and Junior World Championship, lining out next to current Munster men JJ Hanrahan, Chris Farrell and Niall Scannell.

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac said: “We are disappointed to lose such a quality player and quality person from the group but fully understand that Tadhg has aspirations to play for Ireland.

“He’s developed well in the last fourteen months as a player and we’ve seen the benefits of all the hard work he’s put in since joining the Scarlets.

“Tadhg’s fully focussed and committed to continuing his rich vein of form for the remainder of the season.”

Munster and the IRFU said on Tuesday that Beirne has signed a two-year contract, which commences at the end of the current campaign.