Saturday 16 December 2017

Sexton has to convince Joe

Jared Payne sees Jonathan Sexton as "right up there" as the equal of All Black Dan Carter.

"Johnny is a world-class player, one of the best 10s - if not the best - in the world, at the moment," he said, as Sexton looks to overcome a hamstring injury to play against Wales.

But will Ireland's out-half be able to convince Joe Schmidt of his fitness to face Wales next Saturday?

The accuracy of execution is paramount to Schmidt's plan to deconstruct the Welsh defence and to withstand the barrage of big runners.

It is interesting to note how Ian Madigan is not involved for Leinster today, while Ian Keatley starts for Munster.


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