According to a report in The Sunday Times this morning, the IRFU are putting pressure on Leinster to release either Joey Carbery or Ross Byrne to Ulster as Paddy Jackson’s replacement.
Jackson, of course, has had his contract revoked by the IRFU and Ulster Rugby, so the northern province are down an out-half.
The IRFU want Carbery or Byrne to move up to Belfast so that Ulster get themselves a quality player in a key position and also that player will get more game-time which will benefit Ireland.
According to the report, both players are understood to be reluctant to the move. It is understood that IRFU performance director, David Nucifora, visited Leinster HQ last Sunday to inform Leo Cullen of the decision and that he must decide which player he wants to part with. Not only this, but the decision must be made quickly.
The eastern province are apparently very angry that this was made known to Cullen in the build-up to their crucial Champions Cup semi-final on Saturday.
Joey Carbery has played back-up to Ross Byrne this season in terms of the out-half position and it is understood that it is likely Carbery who will head north considering he is likely to miss out on significant portions of the season due to Ireland commitments.
Carbery has repeatedly stated that he is happy in Leinster despite the lack of game-time in his favoured position of 10.