Former rugby player Shane Byrne is the sixth celebrity announced for series six of Dancing with the Stars which returns to RTÉ One in January.

Speaking about joining the show on Jennifer Zamparelli on RTÉ 2FM, Byrne 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."

Retired international rugby player Shane Byrne is joining Dancing with the Stars

Byrne 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.

The sportsman 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 Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie. He was also a captain on Know The Score sports quiz on RTÉ.

Already confirmed for the show are former State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy, Panti (aka Rory O'Neill), Eurovision singer Brooke Scullion, Gaelic footballer Paul Brogan, and entrepreneur Suzanne Jackson.

Dancing with the Stars returns to RTÉ One in January.

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