Leinster Respond To Reports That Joey Carbery Or Ross Byrne Will Join Ulster

“We’re not in the business of hoarding players.”

Leinster Rugby have admitted that they have spoken to Joe Schmidt and David Nucifora about the possibility of Joey Carbery or Ross Byrne move to Ulster ahead of next season.

But they stress there is no annoyance over the IRFU’s intervention, noting that they must always do what’s best for a player’s development.

Speaking at Leinster’s UCD headquarters this afternoon, scrum coach John Fogarty says Leinster are certainly not in the business of “hoarding players.”

“No there’s no annoyance,” Fogarty said.

“There’s certainly no annoyance. The way it would work, there would be regular meetings with Leo and Joe and David to discuss the playing group for ourselves and Ireland. They’ll be meeting probably this week at some stage or it could be next week.

“The player will ultimately decide what he wants to do. We’re not in the business of hoarding players here, we look at the overall group and see if we have game time for that player and see how we can help them develop.

“That’s kind of it, if he can’t or we see that we can’t keep a player moving forward, and it happens, we’ll then have the discussion with the player of the IRFU. That’s when that sort of stuff happens.

But Fogarty insists the final decision will come down to the player.


“The player will always have a choice,” he added.

“The player will always decide what he wants to do, again like I said we’re not going to push a player. A player has got to decide where he wants to play the game.

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