The story of Leinster’s season to date has been the rise and rise of Joey Carberry. The young fly-half has impressively deputised for Johnny Sexton, and looks set to be the starting out-half for both Leinster and Ireland in the coming years.
Head coach Leo Cullen, speaking after the win over Castres last weekend, has been hugely impressed, but not surprised, by the Clontarf star’s progress.
“I thought Joey acquitted himself well. He’s had a good run of games. He’s getting better all the time. He’s a pleasure to coach. It’s not a great surprised, but we’re delighted with his progress.”
Sexton is likely to return this weekend for the trip to Montpellier, and Cullen wouldn’t rule out any positional changes in the side.
“We’ll do what’s best for the team on any given week, so it’s hard to comment right now.”
The Irish province beat their French visitors with ease, but the tip to Montpellier will be a different story.
“I enjoyed our mauls. It was something we focused on. The drive will be an important facet of the game.
“When you get in those positions, it’s as important tactic as there is in the game. Devin put in a good performance. It helps when youo’re a foot ataller than anyone else.
“Montpellier are big physical, with a South African influence and a World Cup winning coach in Jake White.”
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