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Munster and Ireland flyhalf Joey Carbery rumoured for stunning Top 14 move

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Tuesday Dec 19, 2023

In the ever-evolving landscape of rugby transfers, the spotlight has turned to Munster’s Joey Carbery as his contract expiration looms at the end of the season.

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The 28-year-old out-half is attracting attention from various clubs, with Top 14 side Bordeaux-Begles emerging as a strong contender for his signature.

Carbery, previously linked with a move to France, is now the subject of interest from Bordeaux, particularly as they seek a reliable backup for French out-half Matthieu Jalibert. As the Irish playmaker enters the final months of his contract, the French club has reportedly expressed a keen interest in securing his services.

Bordeaux, led by Clare man Noel McNamara in the attack, boasts a strong Irish presence. Eager to fortify their squad for the challenges of both the Top 14 and the Champions Cup, the club has ambitious goals. Their impressive start to the Champions Cup, which included a notable victory over Connacht, underscores their determination to compete on multiple fronts.

The addition of Carbery to Bordeaux’s star-studded backline, featuring talents like Mathieu Jalibert, Damian Penaud, and Louis Bielle-Biarrey, would undoubtedly elevate their profile. With 37 international caps for Ireland, Carbery brings experience and skill to any team fortunate enough to secure his services.

However, sources suggest that no formal agreement has been reached between Carbery and Bordeaux at this stage. Munster are understandably reluctant to lose a player of Carbery’s calibre, especially after Ben Healy’s departure to Edinburgh last summer.

Fellow Irish international Jack Crowley currently holds the undisputed first-choice position at out-half for Munster. Still, once Carbery recovers from his latest wrist issue, he is expected to present stiff competition, ensuring a healthy rivalry for the coveted starting role. Munster’s limited alternatives in the position, with academy player Tony Butler as the only other recognized option and occasional cover from centre Rory Scannell, further highlight Carbery’s significance to the team.

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Despite facing a series of injuries in recent years, Carbery’s talent remains undeniable. Bordeaux’s genuine interest in acquiring him reflects how high of regard he is held in when fit.

As Munster braces for the potential departure of RG Snyman to Leinster next season, the uncertainty surrounding Carbery’s future adds another layer of intrigue to the unfolding rugby transfer saga.

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