Sexton excited by Ireland style as preparations continue for All Blacks clash

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton says they’re going into Saturday’s November international with the All Blacks in good form.

A 60-5 win over Japan saw Ireland kick off their campaign in style, and Sexton says the work they’ve been doing with Andy Farrell and his coaches is starting to bear fruit.

“I think now that the coaches have been in place for 18 months, we’re getting used to the systems and stuff like that.

“We were able to hit the ground running, but at the same time we saw a few things in the game that the All Blacks might have seen and we need to brush up on a couple of things to make sure we’re ready to go against the best team in the world on Saturday.”

Ireland ran in nine tries on Saturday against Japan, and Sexton says Ireland have been building towards a more free-flowing style over the past two years.

“It’s been more evident in this calendar year, we were still probably getting used to it before that.

“There’s still a bit to go yet, don’t worry we’re not kidding ourselves, we’re not saying we no it all.

“The boys worked hard off the ball, and they created a lot of opportunity,

“As a ten you’re only as good as the guys around you really. They have to make sure you’ve got those options, and we did that really well on Saturday, but we have to up it again this week.”

Meanwhile the IRFU say it would be inappropriate to comment on remarks from women’s rugby and sevens director, Anthony Eddy.

He’s been criticised by a number of prominent current and former internationals for his apparent defence of the association’s role in World Cup qualifier preparations.

Defeats to Spain and Scotland cost Ireland a place at next year’s World Cup finals.

An independent review into that disappointing chapter in Italy is underway, headed by former Wales international Amanda Bennett.


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