“You Answered That In One – He Definitely Has All The Attributes To Go To The Very Top”

Hot prospect.

If there’s one thing Munster Rugby has always been better at that every other Irish province – it’s producing genuine world-class scrum-halves.

Peter Stringer represented the province a whopping 230 times and was just two caps short of being an Ireland centurion. He played on until the ripe old age of 40, and despite his size, left an incredible legacy behind him as one of the great nines.

Conor Murray is a two-time British and Irish Lions tourist and stared all three Tests against New Zealand in 2017. At 31 he’s played 138 times for Munster and is certain to reach 100 caps for Ireland having already represented his country 81 times.

And it looks like Limerick man Craig Casey is set to keep that trend going, with the 21-year-old former Ireland U20s scrumhalf widely recognised as one of the hottest young prospects in the country.

Jamie Heaslip and I could not praise him enough on this week’s episode of the Up and Under Podcast and the same goes for his teammates, with Munster out-half JJ Hanrahan singing his praises this week following Casey’s excellent 10-minute cameo against Leinster over the weekend.

“Yeah definitely, you answered that in one – he definitely has all the attributes to go to the very top,” Hanrahan told us this week when asked if Casey can go all the way to the top.

“We always kind of joke, I know he’s kind of a small lad, but he’s a fella that uses that to his advantage with his speed, his pace of play – but he also has an incredibly hard work-ethic off the field.

“He’s probably one of the last guys leaving the training pitch every day.

“That’s good when he’s young, he probably needs to control that when he gets a little older but he’s an incredibly hard-working player along with the other nines who work extremely hard together and push each other on.

“But in terms of Craig specifically, yeah he was very good the weekend when he came on.”

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