Ireland Will Peak At World Cup With Or Without Me, Says Sexton
Muhammad Rameez 13 days ago Tue 23rd February 2021 | 09:44 PM
Johnny Sexton is certain Ireland are heading in the right direction and will arrive at the 2023 World Cup in peak form, even if he is unsure he will last until then
Dublin, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Feb, 2021 ) :Johnny Sexton is certain Ireland are heading in the right direction and will arrive at the 2023 World Cup in peak form, even if he is unsure he will last until then.
The captain will lead the side against Italy in the Six Nations on Saturday desperate to avoid three straight defeats at the start of the northern hemisphere championship for the first time since 1998, when it was the Five Nations.
"The coaches have done a fantastic job," he said. "It is very different to what it was before.
"We will be better. I do not know if I will be around for the full cycle to the World Cup (in France) but I know this group will definitely be better for this type of coaching and structure." The Leinster fly-half said his new contract was "nearly" agreed but that his thoughts on his future had not changed.
"If you look, it has been other people who have thrown fuel on the fire saying I would play on until I was 40 or 41," he said.
"I have always taken the same position that I love what I do and I am privileged to do what I do. I still love it and will carry on playing due to that." Sexton, who has been increasingly affected by niggling injuries, missed the France match after failing to recover from a knock to the head in the Wales game.
He said he was still highly driven to play at the top level despite his veteran status.
"All I hope is the coaches and the players see how motivated I am in training every day," he said.
"I have been fortunate to last as long as I have for you can be 24 or 25 years of age, you get an injury and you're finished.
"At the moment I am contracted for this season and nearly contracted for next season. Hopefully I'll stay and we'll see what happens."