Athy star Joey Carbery says it's 'dream come true' to beat All Blacks in Chicago

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Athy star Joey Carbery says it's 'dream come true' to beat All Blacks in Chicago
13:40 Monday 7th of November 2016

Kildare rugby star Joey Carbery has revealed that playing against New Zealand was a dream come true for him.

Carbery, who has turned 21, was born and raised in Auckland before moving to Athy with his family at the age of 11.

He then enjoyed a stellar schoolboy career before he joined the Leinster Academy.

The out-half was introduced with 21 minutes to go in the famous 40-29 victory in Chicago.

He explained: "It's a dream come true, really, to play against them...and to win, to win for the first time ever, I can't believe it.

"I'm even more happy to have been trusted with the opportunity, so I went out and tried to do the simple things well and then we were lucky that the score took care of itself."

After just five starts for Leinster and in only his 10th senior appearance overall, the 21-year-old came on with 21 minutes remaining in Chicago to steer Ireland home.

With Paddy Jackson missing due to personal issues and Ian Madigan out of the picture, Joe Schmidt was compelled to turn to the in-form young out-half when Johnny Sexton limped out of the Soldier Field cauldron.

The All Blacks were piling on the pressure and it was a difficult situation to be introduced into.

"It was a bit crazy but I tried not to think about it, to be honest," Carbery said.

"You're always nervous but you try and focus the mind on the next thing and the next play.

"I tried to just stick to the plan that we were doing and we were well prepped throughout the week and prepared for every situation.

"So we just came out and we knew what to do. It was easy when I came on because everyone was so clued in."

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