Tadhg Beirne feels he was lucky to miss Munster's Covid-hit South Africa trip

Tadhg Beirne feels he was lucky to miss Munster's Covid-hit South Africa trip

IRELAND AND Munster star Tadhg Beirne feels that he and his Munster teammates that didn't make the province's trip to South Africa dodged a bullet'.

The Munster lock makes up one of a number of senior players that will play in the Heineken Champions Cup opener against Wasps this Sunday. While other members of the squad and coaching staff continue to isolate.

14 of the traveling party that made the trip to South Africa are still stuck in quarantine in Cape Town.

Beirne feels the mental health of each of his teammates is the main concern on everyone's minds as they will get the green light to fly home for Christmas.

Beirne told The Rugby Pod.

“I think, as Munster had said, there are a few lads who managed to get home and then there's a few loads over in SA,”

“I was one of the lucky ones who didn't end up flying out. We were due to fly out on the Saturday and obviously it all unfolded on the Friday, so we dodged a bullet really.

“We all feel for those boys. It's tough times for a lot of them, stuck in their rooms, especially for those with families, but they'll get through it hopefully and they'll be back soon.

“A couple of the lads over in SA, I think they are able to do a bit of training and then a few of the lads here have got stuff to their homes, so they are able to do a bit of training as well.

“I don't think anyone is too ill, which is the main thing. Hopefully they will be out sooner rather than later.”

Beirne was also asked if was sympathetic towards the plight of those who were unable to fly home with the 34 others and responded with;

“It's probably not really my place to talk about it because I'm not in any of those situations, I'm lucky enough to be at home with my family,” the Ireland lock added.

“I don't have to deal with being stuck in a hotel room in a different country, not knowing if you're going to get home or not for Christmas.

“I'm sure that will be playing on the players' minds a lot and I can imagine mentally more than anything, that's what's going to be difficult in this situation.

“You put the league (United Rugby Championship) and Europe (Champions Cup) to one side and kinda think about the player welfare more than anything. I think that's all we are concerned about, more than anything."

Limerick , Ireland - 16 October 2021; Conor Oliver of Connacht is tackled by Tadhg Beirne of Munster, (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)