Rugby legend named as sixth Dancing with the Stars contestant

Dancing with the Stars Pic: RTÉ

We can’t believe that Dancing with the Stars is just around the corner and we are glued to the line-up announcements.

So we were delighted to find out the sixth contestant sashaying their way onto the dancefloor in the new year.

So who will be joining Dr Marie Cassidy, Suzanne Jackson, Panti Bliss, Brooke Scullion and Paul Brogan?

RTÉ has confirmed that rugby legend Shane Byrne will be taking to the floor.

Shan Byrne Pic: Barry McCall

Shane is a retired international rugby player. He got his first cap for Ireland in 2001 and went on to win a further forty caps for his country. He was part of the winning Triple Crown team in 2004 that was captained by Brian O’Driscoll.

In 2009, he hung up his boots and retired from rugby. But he has been pretty busy ever since!

Shane is well known to audiences up and down the country, having taken part in Charity You’re A Star, Celebrity Come Dine with Me Ireland and even appeared in Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie. He was also a captain on Know The Score sports quiz on RTÉ.

So is he ready to swap the rugby pitch for the ballroom?

It certainly seems so as he said: “I’m really looking forward to hitting the dance floor on Dancing with the Stars in January! It’s not like anything I’ve ever done before – it’s a long way from the rugby pitch – but I’ll give it my all and I know I’ll have a lot of fun along the way.”

Dancing with the Stars returns to our screens in the new year

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