Wednesday 16 January 2019

'There'll be ongoing conversations' - Leinster address Joey Carbery and Ross Byrne Ulster links

Joey Carbery and (inset) Ross Byrne
Joey Carbery and (inset) Ross Byrne

Joey Carbery and Ross Byrne will not be forced to move to Ulster against their will, according to Leinster coach John Fogarty.

The Sunday Times yesterday reported that Joe Schmidt and IRFU performance director David Nucifora met with Leo Cullen last week and told him he must choose whether to send Carbery or Byrne to Ulster.

After the revocation of Paddy Jackson's contract, Ulster are bereft of options in the pivotal flyhalf position.

"We're not in the business of keeping or holding back players; we're in the business of trying to find, grow and develop players for Leinster and Ireland," said Fogarty today in quotes reported by RTÉ Sport.

"There'll be ongoing conversations I've no doubt with the players' best interests at heart, but ultimately... the players will have their say.

"Leo and Joe would have a very good relationship. Ultimately the player has a decision to make. From our end we're focusing on making sure we're giving time to the player and making sure the player is developing.

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"Jordi Murphy is going to Ulster this year. He's grown up here, he's been brilliant for us - brilliant. He wanted more game time and he's made the decision himself to go to Ulster.

"Tadgh Beirne was someone we didn't quite have enough game time for in the past.

"We as a coaching group sat down with he player and the decision was made for him to leave Leinster. He's gone on to be hugely successful and we're delighted for him.

"All we can do here is put the best environment around them, help them to develop, give them game time and watch them be successful. That's what we try to do."

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