Johnny Sexton will wait until the end of the Six Nations before deciding on the future
JOHNNY SEXTON will lead Ireland to their 100th selection against Japan on Saturday and, although he still feels as fit and fresh as ever, he says he will not make a decision on his pursuit beyond this. season before the Six Nations.
The Irish captain signed a one-year contract with the IRFU last March, which expires after the three-test tour of New Zealand this summer.
Today he met the media online for his pre-match press conference ahead of joining Irish rugby’s most exclusive club where he will join Rory Best, Cian Healy, Ronan O’Gara, John Hayes, Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O. ‘Connell in the 100 club.
It remains to be seen how much he will earn beyond this milestone as he focuses on the here and now.
âRight now, I love it,â he said.
âI love to train, my body is fine, my mind is fine and yes, in a perfect world I would like to continue.
âBut what I learned last year is that you can’t plan too far, really you can’t.
âI had it all planned around what I was going to do on the (Lions) tour this summer and then all of a sudden it all went up in smoke, so I’m taking it game by game, campaign by campaign.
“I think IRFU has been great with me for the last seven years since I came back from Paris in terms of a decision like we made a decision at the end of Six Nations this year, I don’t think so that it will be. different this year, I think we’ll have to wait until the end and see how we all are. “
If he hadn’t missed out on the Six Nations game against France last February, Sexton would have won his 100th cap against England, but now that he’s here he is delighted that a crowd is present for the first of three November games.
âEvery time you play for Ireland is special, but we’ve missed the support. It’s only when you get them back that you realize how much you missed them,â he said.
“You’ve gotten a bit used to it over the last 18 months, but no it was great getting them back, the difference it made with Leinster and now getting into a nearly full Aviva stadium hopefully ‘There are a few more tickets on sale over the next few days, but regaining that support is fantastic.
âThere are a lot of guys who haven’t played in front of a crowd for Ireland, you have to remember that so it will be a very special day for them.
âIt will be a real test match, that’s what we are preparing for.
âTest games are close games, they are games that boil down to a few great moments and it’s about making sure you are able to take them.
“We need to improve a bit the preparation that we have been able to do in the last few days because we know that Japan have been together for a long time in the camp and that they have faced Australia, so they are a little further along in their preparation. .
âIt’s no excuse, we have to get down to business. In the past, teams would have probably said that we were preparing for the All Blacks, but we are very focused on Japan.
“We haven’t talked about any of the other games because we know how big a challenge it will be.”