Since playing on the bench against the Japanese in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Carbery has played a total of 46 minutes in a green jersey, between subsequent encounters with Samoa and New Zealand in the same. tournament.
This last match took place on October 19, 2019 and due to ankle and wrist injuries he suffered on either side of this World Cup, the Munster semi-finalist missed Farrell’s coaching reign. nowadays.
He eventually returned for Munster in Guinness PRO14 victory in February over Cardiff Blues and managed to make nine appearances (including six starts) before the international summer window.
Ahead of tomorrow’s kick-off at 1 p.m. at Aviva Stadium, Farrell said he’s been impressed by Carbery’s mental resilience and is delighted to have him back in the fold.
“It was a long time between drinks for him to be in an Irish team. I have absolutely no doubts through those dark days that he thought he would come back to this point,” he admitted.
âBeing able to give him a start in this game, with a decent team around him, is great for his development. We’ll still be judging people in Irish shirts when they take the pitch at Aviva, but Joey has been through a lot and it’s part of his recovery process as well.
âIt will be very useful for him for the rest of the summer and it will certainly be for all of us for the next year. In terms of club rugby, his last match for Munster in Italy (against Zebre) was the best.
âIt’s incredibly positive. I’m sure he’s incredibly excited and proud of him to be back at this point. The ankle looks good and he looks great.
âAll the skills that we know Joey Carbery has are there. How he orchestrates the game that day is something we will all judge, but the team has something to do with it as well.
While Shane Daly and Craig Casey, who are both on the bench this weekend, have only one appearance each to their credit for Ireland, their colleague from Munster Gavin Coombes is the only uncapped player on the team of the day.
His selection as a substitute back rower is just the reward for an excellent season in red, with the West Cork man scoring 15 terrific tries in 22 appearances for his province.
Among his wins were a hat-trick against the Ospreys last November and a four-try salute in a win over Zebre at the end of their PRO14 Rainbow Cup campaign.
If the 23-year-old Coombes can transfer these exceptional performances to the test arena, then Farrell is confident he will have another gem in his hands.
The first encounter I have in most camps is that I want people to come out on their own right away. The reason I want them to come out on their own right away is because we don’t have time to waste.
âYou have to give your best version of yourself and that’s why you were selected.
“I’m delighted to see Gavin’s form of transferring the club to the international stage because if he does, he’s going to play really well.”
Coombes is one of the Irish camp’s 12 international novices for this series, while several others have 10 or fewer caps. From Farrell’s perspective, this reflects the diversity within the group that was selected for the summer service.
âEven people like Peter O’Mahony, who was on the last Lions tour. He’s never dealt with a band like this before. His dynamic has completely changed and the way he brings people with him is incredibly important, âhe explained.
âYou have guys who have been on the bench for a bit and now they’re starting out. You have guys who have six or seven hats.
“The likes of Hugo keenan and Caelan Doris, they came and did amazing jobs for us early in their international careers.
âThey were coached and helped by the guys who are over there (with the British and Irish Lions) in South Africa and the three guys (Jonathan Sexton, Cian Healy and Keith earls) who are sitting at home, taking a well-deserved rest.
âThe likes of Caelan and Hugo, they had to intensify. They are part of the management group. They no longer take care of themselves. They are not trying to find their feet.
âIn fact, they become leaders within this group. This type of dynamic has been fascinating to watch.
“Over the past 10 days they have worked extremely hard, certainly mentally, to try to live up to what it takes for an international player in this short period of time.”
Despite a 28-10 loss to the Lions at BT Murrayfield last weekend, the general consensus was that Japan came out of this warm-up game with their heads held high.
The Lions entered the pitch in Edinburgh with a few big names – including seven Irish players in the starting XV – but came under intense pressure for much of the second half.
The days when Japan was considered a minnow are well and truly a thing of the past, and something Farrell is fully aware of. He added:
They are a great team and I think they would have watched the Lions and seen so many opportunities that they could have grabbed. I’m sure they regret those chances.
âIt just shows the quality. They play against the best of the best out there. These are quality outfits. I think they are currently in 10th place in the world rankings, it doesn’t mean much.
âHonestly, they can beat anybody any day, as they proved in the World Cup with us. It’s a quality team that will continue to improve more and more.
âIt’s a suitable test match for our boys and like I said, a different group. A diverse group that has a challenge on the weekends.