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“He’s A Special Man And A Special Player, I’m Proud To Be His Coach”

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Sean McMahon reports from Thomond Park. 

Joey Carbery continued his excellent form from the tee since that disappointing day in the south of France as he has now brought his kicking stats to 20/20. 

Carbery has been involved in wins over Leinster, Connacht, Gloucester and most recently, the Exeter Chiefs and they all yielded a 100% success rate at goal.

The type of match which unfolded at Thomond Park on Saturday night is where you need a world-class kicker and that’s what Munster have in Carbery at the helm.

Head coach Johann van Graan thinks as much as he describes how Carbery bounced back from that disappointing day in Castres as “incredible”.

“The very first day I met him, I asked him ‘why do you want to come to Munster’,” van Graan revealed to the media in the post-match press conference.

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“He said he wanted to come to make a difference and to fit in and he wants to make this a better team.

“He’s done so with every single action of his on and off the field.

“After the Castres game when he missed maybe one or two penalties, to come back and kick 20 out of 20, that’s incredible.”

With Carbery sitting right beside his head coach for the post-match media duties, van Graan continued to praise his out-half.

“That’s a sign of pure class. His willingness to learn, his willingness to improve is an incredible trait of a very young rugby player.

“There was a lot of expectation when he came to Munster, but the way he’s handled himself… he is a special man and a special player, I’m proud to be his coach.”

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Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email or on Twitter