Ireland scrum-half Craig Casey has admitted he is more than happy to play along with his teammates’ banter about his height.
The 24-year-old, who plays for Munster at club level, was named in his country’s squad for the World Cup in France.
Ireland kicked off their tournament with a 82-8 thrashing of Romania to fire them top of Pool B.
Prior to their mighty impressive performance in Bordeaux, the team hosted an open training session in the city of Tours.
A video on social media showed the side walking out in front of their fans, with Casey involved in a humorous gesture.
Ireland captain Johnny Sexton can be seen leading his team out, holding hands with Casey whilst he does so as if he was the mascot.
The former stands at 6ft 2in whereas as the latter is around 5ft 5in, with the difference in height very clear to see.
However, Casey was all laughs and smiles in doing so and has since admitted that it’s all just fun amongst the squad.
“Look, they take the p*** out of my height, as you can tell. But you’ve just got to roll with it. If you don’t roll with it, you’ll probably be fined.
“There are a few sheriffs in the camp that keep everyone on their toes. I’d say if I fought against it I’d probably be in big trouble so I just get on with it. It’s good craic, it’s good craic.”
Casey did not feature in the win over Romania but will be hoping to make his Rugby World Cup debut this weekend.
He made appearances in two of their warm-up games although could be set to perform on the biggest stage of all in the coming days.
Ireland face Tonga on Saturday evening, a side who are yet to kick-off their tournament.
Pool B spells a difficult group for the Irish, with record three-time champions and reigning champions South Africa an upcoming opponent.
Scotland will also prove a tough test for them, despite their opening 18-3 defeat to the Springboks.