Joey Carbery On Why He Chose Munster Over Ulster

Personal decision.

Joey Carbery put an end it speculation over his future yesterday by revealing he will leave European champions Leinster over the summer and move to Munster ahead of next season.

While Joe Schmidt and David Nucifora did have a chat about his future a few weeks back, Carbery insists the move was 100% his decision, as he seeks more game time at 10 ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

“The game time, getting more of an influence at 10 maybe, that’s the big one,” Carbery told on his decision to leave.

“I know people down there too, they’ll make things easier. Just getting to play more regularly is the main one. It’s purely a rugby based decision, I’m excited about the opportunity.

“I know myself to develop, Leinster have got me to a stage now where I feel like I’m just about ready. Now I need to go out and develop even more now. I’ll always have a huge part of Leinster in me for that.

“It’s purely based on the opportunity of playing 10. That’s what it came down to, and going out of my comfort zone I suppose is going to be pretty tricky.

An option to move to Ulster was also on the table for Carbery, but why did he choose Munster? The 22-year-old reckons the “opportunity’ would be better at the southern province.

“I suppose it was a personal decision,” he said of turning down the Ulster option.

“I thought the opportunity would be better in Munster. I was going off the cards I had in front of me, that was why I made the decision.”

An exciting time for Carbery and Munster. Let’s hope they can get the best out of him.

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