Joey Carbery has admitted he would love to start all games for Ireland for the upcoming Six Nations but knows that the final decision rests with Joe Schmidt.
Carbery’s form at outhalf for Munster this season, especially in recent weeks as the southern province recorded victories over Leinster, Connacht, Gloucester and Exeter, has begun conversations around the potential for the 23-year-old to start ahead of Johnny Sexton.
Sexton started all of Ireland’s matches in the Six Nations last year, even the home clash with Italy at the Aviva Stadium.
But with Carbery’s form for Munster and with the World Cup in mind at the end of the year, there will be a temptation to give the Auckland born out-half more experience in the pivotal 10 position at international level.
“Well, I’d love to start them all but it’s up to Joe,” Carbery told the media on Tuesday.
“Joe is the best person to pick the team and he knows what’s right so you’ve got to back whatever call he makes. I’d like to get game time but Ireland comes first and whoever the man for the job will get picked.”
Despite his relatively young age, Carbery is a man who doesn’t lack in self-belief and he feels that if he is chosen to start any game throughout this competition, he will put in a performance.
“I know if I get picked I’ll go out and do the job. I feel confident, but it’s up to Joe.”
Carbery admits that his move to Munster has allowed him to become more comfortable in some of the key aspects of out-half play, most notably his game management and ability with ball in hand.
“I wouldn’t say there’s too much different to it. Probably just improving in the areas I’m trying to improve in. I feel like my game management and being comfortable with the ball has come on a lot.
“I’m playing a more frequent role in a team so it makes my job a lot easier when you know the people around you and they know what you’re going to do.”