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24th Apr 2018

Report sheds new light on Joey Carbery and Ross Byrne situation at Leinster

Jack O'Toole

Joey Carbery and Ross Byrne are both poised to stay at Leinster according to a new report in The Times.

Last weekend it was reported by Peter O’Reilly in The Sunday Times that IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora and Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt had both visited Leinster earlier this month to discuss with the province the possibility of moving one of Carbery or Byrne to Ulster next season.

Leinster were reportedly furious that the meeting took place before the province’s Champions Cup semi-final with the Scarlets last weekend, however, a new report by Ciarán Ó Raghallaigh suggests that the province are now poised to keep both playmakers.

The report comes on the back of comments made by Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty on Monday who said that the players will ultimately have a significant say in where their respective futures lie in Irish Rugby.

“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,” Fogarty told 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.

“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 (now with Scarlets but bound for Munster in the summer) 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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