London Irish receive boost in build up to first Heineken Cup quarter-final.
London Irish Club Captain Bob Casey has signed a new four year contract which will keep him with the Exiles until the end of the 2011-12 season.
Casey joined London Irish in July 2002 from Leinster and has played 147 games, including 31 times in the Heineken Cup and has scored six tries. He has contributed greatly to the performance of the Exiles' pack where his partnership with Nick Kennedy, Kieran Roche and James Hudson, made the Irish lineout the most effective in the Guinness Premiership last season. He was appointed club captain at the start of the season and his leadership qualities have been much in evidence as he has led the Exiles to the quarter-final stages of the Heineken Cup for the first time in the club's history.
Commenting on his new contract, Bob said: "I'm delighted to be able to commit the next four years of my playing career to London Irish. I feel we have the squad, management and supporters now to become a top Premiership and Heineken Cup side. I'm really looking forward to us competing for and winning some silverware."
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.