Sexton and Larmour provide Six Nations boost for Ireland

Luke McGrath

"And you mull over these things for ages, and I've been lucky that I had some good chats with Faz (Farrell), with Stuart (Lancaster) when I got back to Leinster and he had some good experience from being with England in 2015, and he kinda put everything into context for us".

"It meant a lot that Andy asked me to do it, that he thought that I was the one to lead us forward into this campaign".

"It's important that I don't change too much, but I have got to get better".

"Everything's been going to plan, so hopefully I can take full part in training (on Thursday)", Sexton said.

"You are trying to be open-minded to see what fits and what works for the game that we want to play". That's the buzz that gets me out of bed every morning. "I wouldn't change it for anything, maybe to be a golfer, but for something else". Leadership is the same part of my game as everyone else, I have had to improve over the years. I have learned a lot from the captains I played under and I will try to take a little off of them but it is important that I am myself.

Sexton is the new captain under new head coach Andy Farrell, and at the start of the Six Nations in London this afternoon, the 34-year-old is optimistic that he will shoot all cylinders for the defending champion at Aviva Stadium. despite a knee injury since December 7th.

He feels his friend and predecessor's words were misconstrued, but accepts that the players must take more ownership in driving the team during this Six Nations.

"I've had no setbacks, once everything goes smoothly in training I'll be available for selection". "We talked about it, we wanted more ... not that it wasn't player-driven in the past, but that it should be player-driven even more".

"It's a 36-man squad and I wouldn't say that any of them are not in form so competition for places is great", he said. Totally excited. Because of the group that we've got. "I know it got pointed at Joe but that wasn't the intention of Rory, I think".



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