Craig Patrick Casey is an Irish professional rugby union player who plays as a scrum-half for Munster in the United Rugby Championship and the Ireland national team. He was born on April 19, 1999, in Limerick, Ireland.
Casey began his rugby journey at Ardscoil Rís, where he captained the school team to the semi-finals of the 2017 Munster Schools Rugby Senior Cup. His impressive performances earned him a place in the Munster Schools top XV for 2017.
He also represented Munster and Ireland at the under-18 level. Casey is the nephew of former Shannon and Munster player Mossy Lawler.
In 2017, Casey joined the Munster academy and went on to win the John McCarthy Award for Academy Player of the Year in April 2019. He made his senior competitive debut for Munster in April 2019 and gradually established himself as a key player for the club.
He signed a two-year contract extension with Munster in February 2021 and a three-year contract extension in September 2022.
Casey's international career began with the Ireland under-20s squad, where he served as vice-captain in the 2019 Six Nations Under 20s Championship. He also represented Ireland in the 2019 World Rugby Under 20 Championship. He received his first senior international call-up in January 2021 and made his debut for Ireland in the Six Nations Championship later that year.
Since then, Casey has continued to feature for both Munster and the Ireland national team. He has showcased his skills and earned praise for his performances. Despite his relatively small stature, Casey has proven himself to be a talented scrum-half with great potential.
Overall, Craig Casey is considered an exciting prospect in Irish rugby, and his rapid rise to professional rugby highlights his talent and dedication to the sport.
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023, Casey has been named in the squad for Ireland.
|2019 - present|
|2021 - present|
|2022 - present|
|2019 - 2020|
|Ardscoil Ris, Limerick