Carbery leaves Munster for pastures new

Joey Carbery will leave Munster at the end of the season after 6 years in red. He has worn the red jersey 56 times scoring 477 points to date and most likely will add another few appearances before he departs for a new opportunity in June. He will leave Munster after injury disrupted tenure.

He signed with much talk and fanfare back in 2018 with the 18/19 season being by far and away his best in red. His performance away to Gloucester in the Champions Cup will be long remembered as he scored a try and help put Andrew Conway for one of his three tries that evening.

As I mention he signed with the hope he could really challenge Jonathan Sexton for the Ireland 10 jersey at that stage. He was selected multiple times by Leinster at full back with Sexton continuing at 10.

The move to Munster was seen as a real chance to allow him to flourish at out half and not having to shift from out half to full back. He has won 37 caps with Ireland winning his first cap in 2016. He came off the bench in Chicago when Ireland defeated New Zealand for the first time in their history and was also in the squad in the summer of 2022 when Ireland won a test series in New Zealand 2-1.

He was injured prior to the 2019 World Cup and although he went to that World Cup he never fully recovered from the injury and since that time he has had an unfortunate time with injury. He has had arm, wrist and ankle injuries.

But when he was fit he showed real quality. It will go down as a career in green as defiantly promised much but for injury to nearly always rob him of the chance to put in a consistent run of games after that 18/19 season.

We do not know the destination of his next move and I am sure much speculation will dictate the next few days along with tributes etc. Like RG Snyman, he will still have a part to play for the second half of the season. With two Champions Cup games and then in February with the resumption of the URC he will have a pivotal role with Jack Crowley more than likely away on 6 Nations duty.

To Joey, firstly thank you for everything in green, blue and red since bursting onto the scene in 2016. All the best to you with what might be next for you……

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