A successful Australian Rules footballer, Byrne played 167 games in the then-VFL including a Premiership with Hawthorn in 1983. Following his playing retirement in 1989, Byrne transitioned successfully to coaching and has worked across England, Scotland, Ireland, Japan and New Zealand where he won two Rugby World Cups.
Byrne signed as National Skills Coach with the Australian Rugby Union ahead of the 2016 Rugby Championship, his second stint with the Wallabies following his role as Kicking Coach in 1998. Byrne, a key part of the All Blacks coaching staff for many years is a highly respected coach on both side’s of the Tasman.
Involved at every level of Australian Rugby, Byrne is working hard to ingrain new and improved skills in Australian players.