As of October 11, 2011 National October 11, 2011
Lee Byrne ( born June 1, 1980 in Bridgend ) is a Welsh rugby player. He is active for ASM Clermont Auvergne and the Welsh national team. Usually it is used as a goalkeeper, but he can also play as a winger district.
Byrne played already during his school years for national representative teams, his career began at Bridgend Athletic. After his engagement at Tondu RFC 2003 he moved to the Llanelli Scarlets, where he took his leave in the Celtic League and the Heineken Cup by good performances for the national team. A serious knee injury threw him in 2004, first something back. However, he was in November 2005 when Wales lost to 3:41 at the Millennium Stadium against the All Blacks, the first part of the banns. In the following game against Fiji and in the defeat against South Africa Byrne was also used.
In 2006 he moved to the Ospreys, in his first season him with this team succeeded in winning the Celtic League. Despite this successful season, he was not considered for the squad for the World Cup. After the dismissal of Gareth Jenkins and the appointment of Warren Gatland as the new coach Byrne plays a more important role again. With the Six Nations 2008 him a trial in an away win in England and two more succeeded in the game against Italy. In this tournament with Wales he succeeded the Grand Slam.
On 21 April 2009, he was nominated by Ian McGeechan for the tour of the British and Irish Lions to South Africa. In the first game of the series he was injured, so he could not participate in the final two games.
In the season 2011/12 towards Byrne joined the French club ASM Clermont Auvergne.