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Rugby - Ireland's Carbery set for long layoff after breaking arm
November 19, 2017 / 8:12 AM / a month ago

Rugby - Ireland's Carbery set for long layoff after breaking arm

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland back Joey Carbery broke his arm playing for Ireland against Fiji in Dublin on Saturday and will be out for “the foreseeable future”, according to coach Joe Schmidt.

Rugby Union - Autumn Internationals - Ireland v Fiji - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - November 18, 2017 Ireland's Joey Carbery kicks a conversion REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Carbery, 22, suffered a fracture on his left forearm after being tackled by Fijian prop Peni Ravai on the hour mark of a game the Irish narrowly won 23-20 in the second of their three-test November schedule.

“We will update on Monday but that would mean he will not play any part in the tests for us,” Schmidt told reporters.

Carbery, chosen at flyhalf despite usually playing fullback for Leinster, was also injured in June playing test rugby. He suffered ankle ligament damage in Ireland’s 55-19 away win over the United States and missed two subsequent tests in Japan.

Ireland, playing with a second string line-up, secured victory over Fiji with a penalty eight minutes from time.

“We wanted to see the players react under pressure. We got that at 17-all, and 20-all,” Schmidt said.

“We stayed calm enough to control that last 10 minutes. I thought Ian Keatley did really well to come in and kick the two goals, particularly the second kick he struck really well.”

Ireland complete their autumn internationals schedule at home to Argentina on Saturday. They began on Nov. 11 with a 38-3 thrashing of South Africa and Schmidt is expected to restore the majority of that line-up for their final game of 2017.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by John O'Brien

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