Craig Casey looking forward to taking on uncle Mossy Lawler in inter-pro derby

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Lawler, capped 67 times by Munster, has been promoted to attack coach with Connacht having spent five seasons coaching in their academy

Matches against Connacht have been significant for Craig Casey in his burgeoning career but they will take on added significance from next season when his uncle Mossy Lawler will be plotting against him.

Lawler, capped 67 times by Munster, has been promoted to attack coach with Connacht having spent five seasons coaching in their academy, and having played a key part in his nephew’s development, will soon be trying to win against him.

Casey, who made his Munster debut off the bench against Connacht two years and his first start for the province against the same opposition six months later, said he’s thrilled that Lawler has been promoted to Andy Friend’s management team and he expects him to thrive.

“Obviously I’m delighted for him. It was the natural progression that he has taken. I think he went into the Connacht academy about five years ago.

“He’s coached Irish underage teams so I think it’s class to see that he’s going up to be a pro coach. I think it’s what he’s dreamed of since he retired.

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