A Deal For Joey Carbery or Ross Byrne To Move To Ulster Is Edging Closer

Pack your bags.

Ulster Rugby have confirmed that talks are ongoing about moving Joey Carbery or Ross Byrne up north ahead of next season.

Ulster director of rugby Bryn Cunningham confirmed over the weekend that the IRFU are currently trying recruit a ten for them, and that they’ve been discussing the situation with Leinster.

“At the moment the IRFU are working in that area with Leinster around that 10 scenario,” Cunningham said.

“We are not really involved in that. There are two sides to anybody moving within the Irish system. There’s what’s right for the player and him wanting to go and get more game time.

“On things like that, it’s a little bit outside our control. We will just sit back and see what the outcome of that is.”

Cunningham also went completely against what Leinster said last week about any move coming at the discretion of the player. He says the decision to move or not can be taken from the player by the IRFU.

“In something like that it’s very much just a decision that’s taken from the player whenever the IRFU has got involved in it,” he explained.

“They have looked at it and decided that there are guys there [who] are probably the top three of the four 10s in Irish rugby. They have said it might be more beneficial if one of them was playing elsewhere.

“It’s not really for us to go and initiate that conversation. We have to respect that the players may be in a different place. And they decided that they want to stay where they are.

“For us it’s more about if a player shows a genuine interest and the player is very keen and the player then wants to speak to the province. That’s whenever we would come to the fore and try and convince him that Ulster is a good place to come.”