Leinster are confident that Joey Carbery and Ross Byrne will remain a part of the squad next season despite the IRFU requesting that one of those players should move to Ulster.
The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that David Nucifora, the IRFU’s high-performance director, visited Leo Cullen the week before the Scarlets game to inform him of their request.
However, a further report in The Times this morning understands that the two players will remain at the eastern province.
Jordi Murphy, who started for Leinster at the weekend in their Champions Cup semi-final victory will be making the move up the M1 shortly but his contract is due to expire at the end of this season whereas it is believed that Carbery and Byrne are in the middle of their Leinster contracts.
The IRFU are keen for Carbery to get more minutes in the 10 shirt, be that at Ulster or at Leinster with the absence of Byrne. However, the province are adamant that these players are still early in their development and that Leinster is the best place for them.
“Joey came into our system as a 15-year-old and he’s developed and gone on to play for the As, our senior side and he’s gone on to play for Ireland, so I don’t think there’s a problem with Joey’s development,” Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty said.
“He came in as a 15-year-old kid, now he’s playing for Ireland and what age is Joey, 22?
“He’s successful in his country’s jersey. Is he developing? Absolutely. Is Joey a successful and talented player? Absolutely he is and he will continue to be wherever he is.
“But I think right now he is still developing, he’s learning and developing all the way along. This is what Leo [Cullen, the Leinster head coach] and Joe [Schmidt] and David [Nucifora] will be discussing regularly. Last week, next week and the week after, and they want the best for everyone.”