Munster and IRFU reportedly agree to bring home a serious Irish talent
The former Leinster lock could be in line to join the team he denied a league title back in May.
Tadhg Beirne perhaps needed the push.
He had the talent and he had the physique but, at times, his dedication and zeal to his craft were questioned.
The lock was 23 when he made his full Leinster debut but only three more appearances followed in 2015/16, although a couple of niggling injuries did not help. Convinced he was not getting a fair shake for a province that, themselves, had doubts, Beirne moved on.
He signed for Wayne Pivac at Scarlets and found a new lease of life. The Welsh outfit hit a stunning run of form near the tail-end of the Guinness PRO12 season and clinched the league title with a superb victory over Munster.
Beirne is now being lined up for a move back to Ireland, from 2018/19, and it is to Munster. According to The Limerick Leader, Munster and the IRFU are in agreement that the Kildare native is an ideal, long-term replacement for Donnacha Ryan [now with Racing 92].
It is not expected that the departure of Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus, later this year, will alter plans to bring Beirne to Limerick. For the players part, he has made no secret that he would be open to return home after his contract with Scarlets expires in June 2018. After the PRO12 final he said:
"If I want to play for Ireland, I've to come home. That's the reality, they don't pick you outside it.
"Everyone wants to play for their country since they've been kids. Right now I've another year at Scarlets, I'm going to focus on that. Contract talks... we'll look at it then.
"Right now my focus is with Scarlets for another year. Right now I'm going to enjoy this, but we'll look to do the PRO12, retain it."
A season is a long time in rugby but another good one for Beirne and both Munster and Ireland fans will be eager to get him back and set him loose.