Munster have been on a high since Saturday evening and it doesn't look like it's going away anytime soon.
Their victory over Stormers in the URC final on Saturday evening was significant for a number of reasons. Not only was it the province's first piece of silverware since 2011, but it is also hoped that it will herald in an exciting new era for the club as they seek to compete at the highest level on a consistent basis once again.
For now, the players involved have rightfully been enjoying the fruits of their labours.
In the aftermath of Saturday's final whistle, the discussion immediately turned towards the post-match festivities. Captain Peter O'Mahony and head coach Graham Rowntree were among those looking forward to the celebrations ahead, but nobody has enjoyed them as much as Craig Casey.
The 24-year old played a vital role in securing the win over Stormers, coming off the bench and helping the team to score that all important winning try in the closing moments of the game.
That was only the start.
Craig Casey makes the most of Munster URC celebrations
Munster were given quite the send-off from their Cape Town hotel before making their way to the airport, with the staff gathering to give them a top quality farewell.
— BKT United Rugby Championship (URC) (@URCOfficial) May 29, 2023
All of the players enjoyed it, but Craig Casey certainly got into it more than most.
He was loving every second of the singing, dancing around the place in what looked to be a pair of complimentary slippers.
— Trisha Keyes-Bevan (@BevanTrisha) May 28, 2023
Once he arrived at the airport, he shared an Instagram story of himself and Gavin Coombes ahead of the big Munster championship meeting between Cork and Limerick later that day.
He had the look of a man who enjoyed himself the night before.
We would bet good money that there is a very shook man behind those sunglasses 🤣 pic.twitter.com/D0YZYeJCGW
— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) May 28, 2023
We're sure that he was delighted to see John Kiely's side pull through on the day.
Once the team touched back down in Ireland, he wasted no time in resuming the celebrations.
He sorted himself a pint of the black and stuff and dug out one of his old Munster jerseys to keep the party going.
This is rugby heritage 🦌 pic.twitter.com/sd4Al5qmtT
— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) May 29, 2023
— Barry Murphy (@BarryMurphyHG) May 29, 2023
We were thrilled to find out this article soon made its way to that Munster Monday club, with prop Jeremy Loughman sending this tweet in reply.
— jeremy loughman (@jeremyjloughman) May 29, 2023
No further comment needed.
With Munster set to hold a big homecoming event in Limerick this evening, you get the sense that his week is only getting started.
Himself and the rest of the squad definitely deserve the chance to make the most of their big win.