Saturday 19 August 2017

Carbery forced to move to full-back

Joey Carbery. Photo: Sportsfile
Joey Carbery. Photo: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

A penny for Joey Carbery's thoughts after he was left out of the Ireland squad this week despite last week's fine performance and now finds himself at full-back for Leinster's Pro12 meeting with the Dragons this evening (Rodney Parade, 7.30)

Earlier this week, Ireland's skills and kicking coach Richie Murphy spoke of the need for the 21-year-old to get game-time in the No 10 jersey but Leo Cullen has opted for Ross Byrne.

Carbery has played plenty of rugby at full-back, particularly with Clontarf in the All-Ireland League but this will be his first start in the 15 shirt for Leinster.

"They have to do what's best for them during this period. I don't have any influence, and I don't try to influence the provincial selections. It's just great that Joey is back playing," Schmidt said yesterday when asked if it was counter-productive for Leinster to play Carbery at full-back.

Rhys Ruddock and Fergus McFadden return from injury, while Peadar Timmins makes his first start for the province in Wales.

Verdict: Leinster

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