Tuesday 23 May 2017

Fogarty: Carbery will be ready for Ireland

John Fogarty. Photo: Sportsfile
John Fogarty. Photo: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

John Fogarty believes that Joey Carbery can step up his recovery tonight with a view to pushing for a recall to the Ireland squad ahead of next week's Six Nations clash against France.

The hugely talented out-half made his comeback from an ankle injury in the win over Treviso last Sunday and Fogarty was impressed by his performance.

With doubts still surrounding Johnny Sexton's fitness, Carbery will hope to push for a place in the Ireland match-day 23, most likely at the expense of Ian Keatley, but Fogarty has urged him to remain patient and focused on Leinster.

"I think Joey will want to get on the field, get through his minutes, be healthy and add to what we're trying to do," Leinster's scrum coach said.

"It is a really important four weeks for us and Joey is a selfless kind of guy. He's here at Leinster at the moment.

"I've no doubt, in his mind, he's trying to get back into the international set-up because when you get in there, it is a great place to be.

"I'm sure he's focusing on getting himself ready, getting healthy, playing well for Leinster. If something comes of it beyond that, happy days.

"I wouldn't be surprised if he went in (to Ireland squad), but at the same time I think Paddy (Jackson) has gone really well, he's taken his opportunity and played really well against Italy, so it'll be interesting to see what happens.

"Obviously Johnny (Sexton) exists in all this, so we'll see how he comes out the back of whatever he's going through.

"(Joey) can certainly add to what Ireland have, he showed that in November, so there's no reason why he couldn't.

"It'll be interesting to see in the next week, we'll get a good gauge of what's happening, whether he goes into camp in the next week or two.

"In his time with Ireland, he went very, very well. He was an inexperienced international, and he slotted in very well."

Try-scoring

Carbery made a try-scoring return in Italy but interestingly, Leo Cullen didn't move the in-form Ross Byrne from out-half, with Carbery slotting in at full-back.

"There was chopping and changing that had to be made, but he did well," Fogarty said.

"He was his usual self, looking for opportunities to make line-breaks, he made a few, kicked the ball well, and took his try well. It's really good to get those lads back, it brings confidence to the group, it adds competition to the group.

"Ross Byrne has gone really, really well. I think everyone is really pleased with how Ross is managing himself and the team from the opportunities he's gotten."

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