Casey to captain London Irish in final game of careerBy Alan Manicom
May 02, 2012
Bob Casey will bring down the curtain on his illustrious rugby career by captaining London Irish in their final game of the season.
Exiles' hugely popular second-row forward is set to retire after making his 235th appearance for the club in their home game against Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (2pm kick-off).
And director of rugby Brian Smith is urging London Irish fans to come down in force to Madejski Stadium and give Casey the farewell he deserves after 10 years of loyal service.
Smith said: "Bobby is going to captain the side and we want to give him a hell of a send-off.
"I am appealing to London Irish supporters, even the ones who have only ever been to a St Paddy's game before, to please come out and give Bobby send-off he deserves.
"It is the last time you are going to see big Bob Casey."
Smith regards 33-year-old Casey as the most influential player at London Irish in the professional era.
Casey, who has been capped seven times by Ireland, was skipper for two of the most successful campaigns in the club's history - culminating in the 2008 Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulouse and the 2009 Premiership play-off final against Leicester.
And Smith said: "There have been some great players who have come through this club, but none have had a bigger influence.
"And Bob will continue to have an influence.
"He is going to be working for our sponsor Powerday, with Mick Crossan, who is a wonderful supporter of the club.
"Bob is going to be business manager for Powerday and hopefully there will be a very long association between Powerday and London Irish.
"As far as London Irish names go they don't come any bigger than Bob Casey."