The Six Nations continues in Europe this weekend, but the USA Rugby is still set for a loss.
The shock announcement that Irish captain and flyhalf Johnny Sexton will miss the heavyweight clash against France due to a hamstring injury prompted changes at 10. As a result, Munster’s Joey Carbery will work the pivot, while Connacht’s Jack Carty moves up to the bench as coverage.
Carty is the elder brother of American international and LA Giltinis 10 Luke Carty. The brothers are qualified for both Ireland and the USA. While Jack Carty first appeared for Ireland in 2019, he’s not earned a cap since that year. Under the recent World Rugby eligibility changes, he would’ve been able to able to switch unions after three years out of the national team. That would’ve made him eligible for selection by Gary Gold in 2023 and been able to wear red, white, and blue for the World Cup. If he takes the field this year, the clock resets.
While AJ MacGinty is the undisputed Eagles 10 when healthy, he suffered through injuries in 2021. The next tier of USA eligible flyhalfs, including Luke Carty, Will Magie, and Will Hooley, are a decent Tier 2 group, Jack Carty would’ve immediately upgraded the reserve 10 spot.
Ireland will play France in the second round of the Six Nations on Saturday. The two sides are currently level on points at the top of the table.