JoEY CARBERY lEinstER
AGE 20 CoUntRY IRELAND Position FLY-HALF You were born in New Zealand. Did you start your rugby there? Yes, at my school St Joseph’s in Dargaville. my dad and grandad were keen to get a rugby ball in my hands as soon as possible. When did you come to Ireland? When I was 11. my mum’s family all live in Athy, in County Kildare, and we decided to be closer to them. When did you link up with Leinster? In my final year of school I went to blackrock College and I played for Leinster U18, U19 and U20. I also played for Ireland U18 and U20. What do you like about playing outside-half? I like how involved I can be in the game. I played ten and 15 in New Zealand and nine, ten, 13 and 15 since coming to Ireland! When did you start goalkicking? Pretty early, around seven I’d say. I used to kick in-between two trees at home and imagine they were goal posts. I practise a lot with emmet Farrell, the Leinster coach, now. You were Man of the Match in the Ulster Bank League final last season, helping Clontarf win… I played a good bit for them last season and really enjoy it there. They have great coaches and players and it’s a club with a fantastic atmosphere. What were your hopes at the start of this season? Just to be involved with the (Leinster) seniors week in, week out and keep improving. It’s great training with some of these players, Ireland internationals and british & Irish Lions. Have you been pleased with how well you’ve done in the Pro12? I’m delighted to have started the first few games. I have learnt so much and enjoyed every minute of it.
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Central figure Carbery orchestrates a move for Leinster