Wednesday 22 January 2020

Carbery expected to start for Ireland as Jackson misses US trip due to personal reasons

Ireland's Paddy Jackson
Ireland's Paddy Jackson
Brendan Fanning

Brendan Fanning

Joey Carbery is virtually certain to start for Ireland against the US in New Jersey on Saturday as Paddy Jackson will not be joining the squad until next week in Japan.

It is understood the Ulster outhalf has not made the trip to the US for personal reasons.  It’s the second time he misses out on a cap in America, having been unavailable for the Chicago Test against New Zealand last November.

With Carbery the only recognised number 10 on the first leg of the trip it leaves the tourists exposed on the bench on Saturday. The likelihood is that the uncapped Rory Scannell, who mostly plays 12 for Munster but was an outhalf as a schools player, will cover that role.

John Cooney, also uncapped, is primarily a scrumhalf but featured at 10 for Connacht this season. Given that Scannell would have spent more time with the Ireland squad he would be favourite to fill the gap as cover until Jackson joins the squad in Tokyo next week.

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