Sunday 18 February 2018

Retiring Casey to skipper Exiles

BOB CASEY will captain London Irish in his final game for the club this Saturday.

The 33-year-old former Ireland second-row will retire from rugby after the clash with Gloucester in the final round of English Premiership games.

Director of rugby Brian Smith has handed Casey the armband for his farewell bow and called on fans to come out in force to give him a fine send-off from the Madejski Stadium.

"I am appealing to supporters to please come out and give Bob the send-off he deserves," said Smith.

"There have been some great players who have come through this club, but none have had a bigger influence. As far as London Irish names go they don't come any bigger than Bob Casey."

Care and Haskell set for England recalls

DANNY CARE and James Haskell look set for recalls to the England squad, but Danny Cipriani may have to wait after confirming his return from Australia.

Coach Stuart Lancaster has met with scrum-half Care after he was omitted from the Six Nations squad after being involved in several off-field incidents, and he is prepared to hand the Harlequins star another chance.

Haskell has spent this season playing in Japan and New Zealand and, although he is currently suspended from Super Rugby side Highlanders, could join up with the squad in South Africa.

Lancaster must do without Courtney Lawes and Tom Croft for the summer tour after they were ruled out with injuries.

Ashton leaves local club Fylde

FORMER Ireland and England coach Brian Ashton has parted company with his local English National League side Fylde, for whom he was a coaching consultant.

The Lancashire club said Ashton has "other options of potential work to consider", in addition to taking on an ambassadorial role with a clothes manufacturer. The 65-year-old coached Ireland with little success during the 1990s and led England to the 2007 World Cup final.

Irish Independent

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