Sunday 25 August 2019

Academy star Casey one of seven selected for Irish U-20s

The selection of Casey as vice-captain crowns a momentous year for the Limerick man. Photo: SPORTSFILE
The selection of Casey as vice-captain crowns a momentous year for the Limerick man. Photo: SPORTSFILE

John O'Sullivan

Munster scrum-half Craig Casey has been named Irish U-20s vice-captain for their upcoming U-20s World Cup in Argentina.

The Shannon club man - who recently made his first team debut off the bench in Munster's PRO14 clash with Connacht - is one of seven Munster players in the initial 33 man squad.

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Also included are Thomas Ahern and Josh Wycherley - brother of Munster senior player Fineen - in the forwards. In the backs, Jake Flannery, Sean French - who played a starring role in Cork Con's recent All-Ireland League success - Jonathan Wren and Ben Healy were also selected by coach Noel McNamara.

The selection of Casey as vice-captain crowns a momentous year for the Limerick man. The nephew of former Munster back Mossy Lawler, Casey scored two tries in Ireland's Grand Slam winning U-20s Six Nations campaign. 

The 20-year-old had his progress recognised by being awarded the Munster Rugby Academy Player of the Year award, as well as signing a development contract, which will become a professional deal at the start of the 2020-21 season. He is currently in his second year in the academy.

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