Joe Schmidt Provides Fresh Update On Joey Carbery's World Cup Fitness

Ruben Hill
August 30, 2019

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is confident that Joey Carbery will regain full fitness ahead of his team's World Cup opener against Scotland next month in Yokohama.

Generally, on a Tuesday of a Test match, one of Joe Schmidt's assistant coaches would address the media.

In the wake of that loss, Schmidt changed his schedule and fronted yesterday's press conference at Carton House.

"So, there are guys who are going to get an opportunity this weekend and if they perform better than any player who played last weekend, then there is always a contest and you have got to keep that contest live".

"The whole group are very conscious that we have a short period of time to accelerate what is part of a progression".

"We looked flat, we looked slow, we were inaccurate and we didn't adjust and probably didn't take some of the easier options that presented themselves".

"I felt we found a little bit of space in behind them a few times, there were a couple of glimpses of some pretty good structure and getting over the advantage line". It's a performance beneath where we need to be.

The Munster outhalf was back on the pitch yesterday and could even feature against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday week.

"I'm determined to stay realistic about where we are compared to our opponents last weekend. Because he got a bit behind with his thumb and was then chasing his tail, we would anticipate Johnny would definitely play if not this weekend then next weekend".

"Although it is a proud personal moment, it is the hard work and dedication of this Ireland squad that has achieved so much together over the past few years that sees Irish Rugby's success recognised by An Post", he said. Our initial plan for Conor was to only play two games before we go.

And, while he said the captaincy is not now up for discussion, he refused to rule out a change when his squad is finalised after this weekend's game.

"We just don't know where he's going to fall in that four-to-six window".

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