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'He's brave to a fault': Carbery's masterful display ends with suspected arm fracture

The 22-year-old has been ruled out of next week’s game against Argentina.

Carbery appeared to be in some discomfort when leaving the field.
Carbery appeared to be in some discomfort when leaving the field.
Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Ryan Bailey reports from the Aviva Stadium 

AN EVENING ON which Joey Carbery provided further evidence of his prodigious talent ended with the Ireland out-half leaving the field in serious discomfort and nursing what Joe Schmidt fears is a broken arm.

The 22-year-old, superb in attack during Ireland’s narrow victory over Fiji, shipped one big hit too many and limped out of an uber-physical contest with a suspected fracture to his left arm.

“I think he has fractured his left forearm,” the head coach said afterwards.

“It’s not undisplaced as far as I know, and we’ll update it on Monday. I can’t absolutely confirm it but that appears to be the case. That will mean he won’t take any further part in the series for us.

“He’s brave to a fault.”

Carbery, in his first appearance of the season at 10, delivered an impressive display in the pivot position, creating Ireland’s first try with a moment of pure genius as he stepped inside to unlock to Fiji defence and then throw a perfect pass off his wrong side to send Darren Sweetnam over in the corner.

Schmidt reported an otherwise clean bill of health, adding that a couple of players were nursing bumps and bruises after an attritional game.

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