Wednesday 22 February 2017

Casey eager to crown great year

John Fallon

Published 08/05/2015 | 02:30

Duncan Casey has notched up 32 appearances, 18 of which have come this season as he made the most of the opportunities which arose when internationals Damien Varley and Mike Sherry were injured
Duncan Casey has notched up 32 appearances, 18 of which have come this season as he made the most of the opportunities which arose when internationals Damien Varley and Mike Sherry were injured

Duncan Casey crowned a remarkable year and a half when he was named Munster's Young Player of the Season, and now the Corkman wants to finish the campaign with silverware.

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The Carrignavar native only made his Munster debut in December 2013 but he has not looked back since that impressive bow in the Heineken Cup against Perpignan.

Casey has notched up 32 appearances, 18 of which have come this season as he made the most of the opportunities which arose when internationals Damien Varley and Mike Sherry were injured.

Casey is the first to admit that his chance arose through the misfortune of Sherry and Varley but he knew he needed to be ready and he has made the most of the chance.

"There's a very old saying in rugby in particular in Munster, the jersey isn't yours, you're just minding it for the next guy and I think that's very apt in my position in particular," he said.

"I made my debut in December of last season, so I've been lucky enough to get a run of starts towards the end of last season and leading into this season due to the injuries of a couple of the other lads in my position, Mike and Damien, so it's been a reasonably season for me.

"I certainly can't complain about things and hopefully I'll continue in the same vein. But the likes of Niall Scanlon and Kevin O'Byrne have been hot on my heels all season.

"Eusebio Guinazu came in and he's a very experienced international player so you've no choice but to try and perform and take our opportunity every week that you get it."

The 24-year old - even he admits he might be stretching the 'young' part of the award! - said that it was a wonderful honour to be selected and he now wants to play his in securing silverware this season.

"The first step towards that will be going up to Ravenhill and getting a victory. Ulster's tails will be up after what they did to Leinster so it certainly won't be an easy encounter by any means," he said.

"The crowd is pretty unforgiving up there as I learnt the hard way last January 12 months when I was made one of my first appearances for Munster up there. But we're certainly looking forward to it."

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