Former Ireland international Fiona Hayes has called out the ongoing absence of Jack Carty from Andy Farrell’s Ireland squads.
The Connacht star has not been named in the 37-man selection for the forthcoming November internationals despite his recent form.
The number ten was at his best this past weekend when he guided his province to a 36-11 victory against Ulster at the Aviva Stadium.
Carty has been consistently overlooked since Farrell took on the Ireland job, despite the Athlone native starting matches at the 2019 World Cup at the end of the Joe Schmidt era.
Looking over Farrell’s decision to keep Carty aside, Hayes was confused by the out-half staying on the sidelines.
‘I read comments the previous week that made me think he was in Farrell’s mind,’ the two-time Women’s Six Nations winner told Off The Ball.
‘Jack obviously spoke about him and Andy Farrell and what he needed to work on.
‘For me, one of the things I thought he would have had to work on was his leadership qualities, his control of the game.
‘We know what he can do kicking-wise, we know what he can do when he’s on the gain line. I think he’s really, really upped it. I’m baffled by [his exclusion].’
Now that Carty is 29, Hayes believes that Farrell must be looking to the future rather than going with a more seasoned player.
‘The only thing I could think of is that he’s looking to the future,’ she continued. ‘You’ve Harry Byrne in there. I don’t understand it. Bar Johnny [Sexton], I don’t think either of the two other lads have proven themselves at that level yet.
‘Obviously Joey [Carbery] has at times, but I mean right now form-wise we haven’t seen it from Joey. And Harry, we all know he has it but we haven’t got the chance to see it.’Internet Explorer Channel Network