Clontarf head coach Andy Wood believes that the international call-up for Joey Carbery proves the worth of the Ulster Bank League.
Carbery has impressed for Leinster this season and is in line for his first senior Ireland cap after being named in the Joe Schmidt’s squad for the Autumn internationals.
The 20-year-old fly-half announced himself on the inter-provincial scene in style, scoring Leinster’s first try of the season in an eye-catching performance against Treviso in September and he’s built on that display since then.
However, Carbery’s impact with Leinster came as no surprise to anyone who watched him for Clontarf last season as he lead the club’s assault on the Ulster Bank League.
Carbery was named man-of-the-match in Clontarf’s final victory over Cork Constitution and his former head coach Wood predicts great things for the fly-half.
Speaking to 2FM’s Game On, Wood said: “I think it shows the value of the AIL. Guys like Joey, they don’t come along every year but there was certainly an opportunity last season for him to showcase his talent.
“He’s a really level headed, mature individual and Leo [Cullen] has been impressed at Leinster with how he’s adapted and got on with things.
“He’s very confident in his abilities but he’s down to earth which allow him to accept any opportunities that come his way.
“He’s certainly played well for Leinster when given the opportunity.
“Everyone in Clontarf is delighted that Joey has been given this opportunity and a couple of sneaky bets might have been put on last season that he might get a cap.”