Earlier this week, Jack Carty was named as a replacement for Ireland against France in the Six Nations. Today, he took the field.
The Connacht flyhalf didn’t have a particularly notable appearance, with the biggest moment being a forward pass that put France in position to seal the win. However, the cap will restart the clock on him potentially transferring unions. As we noted earlier this week, the elder Carty would’ve been eligible for selection by the USA Eagles in 2023 for a World Cup run if he remained uncapped in 2022.
Its worth noting that, at 29 years old, Carty could remain in Ireland’s longer term plans. The men in green have been searching diligently for a suitable replacement for Johnny Sexton. The 36 year old will turn 38 before next year’s World Cup in France. While no one has stepped up to knock the main man off his pedestal when he’s fit, injuries have been more frequent in the last couple years. The chances of him still going at a high level well into the subsequent World Cup cycle are slim at best.
In they coming years, Carty could find himself vying for more consistent caps representing the four proud provinces. After today, its much for likely for that to happen than for him to represent the fifty states of the union.