Tuesday 17 September 2019

Van Graan backs Carbery to hit the ground running against Scots

 

Despite the lack of match practice, Van Graan would back Carbery to hit the ground running in Japan if he can get fit. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Despite the lack of match practice, Van Graan would back Carbery to hit the ground running in Japan if he can get fit. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

Johann Van Graan says Joey Carbery is upbeat about his prospects of making the World Cup and the Munster coach says he'd back the out-half to perform despite his lack of game-time in the build-up to the tournament.

The Munster out-half is in a race to be fit for the World Cup opener against Scotland on September 22.

He is unlikely to feature in Ireland's remaining warm-up games against Wales on the next two Saturdays, having managed 50 minutes of the win over Italy before suffering an ankle injury.

Despite the lack of match practice, Van Graan would back Carbery to hit the ground running in Japan if he can get fit.

"He was in here in the (Munster) High Performance Centre on Friday, I had a chat with him, he's going to give himself every chance to be ready," Van Graan said of Carbery. "He's under the guidance of the national team's medical team and I'm sure they'll make the best decision for them and for him and whatever decision they make, I'm sure it will be the right one.

"He's really pumped to get there. Obviously getting to a World Cup, at that age and in that form... I think he's been in brilliant form over the last 12 months, so I think he's looking forward to it very much.

Munster head coach Johann van Graan during a press conference at the University of Limerick. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Munster head coach Johann van Graan during a press conference at the University of Limerick. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

"But your body's got to work with you and these things happen.

"We've seen all the Test matches and guys get injured, so he'll give it every shot to be ready.

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"I picked him for the Edinburgh game (after a lay-off with a hamstring injury). He started it quite well and then unfortunately got injured again.

"When we were still with the Springboks, Duane Vermeulen came back from an ACL injury and we picked him against Argentina and he played 80 minutes, so there's no way to know."

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