Ben Healy now going toe to toe with Joey Carbery for Munster’s no 10 jersey

Munster Rugby Squad Training, UL, Limerick 9/3/2021
Joey Carbery and Ben Healy
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland (Image: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland)

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Ben Healy's "massive" improvement has put him in a fight for Munster's no 10 jersey, confirms Reds defence coach JP Ferreira.

While Healy has looked good in patches and cameos, he was commanding from the kick-off in helping the province to a bonus point win at the Scarlets last Sunday.

And with Joey Carbery still finding his way back to his best after a long-term absence through injury, Healy is now seriously in the selection equation.

Asked if it was now a debate over who plays, Ferreira replied: "It is. So is every position in the squad at the moment, and that's what we're after.

"The squad (depth) is massive, that's what we want. We want people pushing for positions and pushing for starting line-ups, so it puts pressure on everyone around in your position.

"That's what we are creating, and ultimately that's going to create a better Munster side going forward so that with that squad depth, they can do the job week-in, week-out, and it doesn't matter who we select.

"Ben has improved massively. Physically he's a big body. He's 98kgs, you wouldn't say it (to look at him), but he is.

"We've worked hard on his defence and the mental side of it."

Ferreira says that Munster's backs coach Stephen Larkham has worked hard on Healy's game.

United Rugby Championship, Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli, Wales 10/10/2021 Scarlets vs Munster Munster's Ben Healy takes a kick Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Hiscott
(Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Hiscott)

"So on the weekend I was really chuffed with him, just putting his body on the line, especially off that first phase in the lineouts and making his hits, and him almost setting the tone for the rest of the defence coming off lineouts.

"So he's grown and he's evolving and he's really a student of the game.

"He sits with myself and he sits with Steve a lot, going through different aspects of the defence and obviously the attack, so Benny is doing really well."

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