Ireland have confirmed regular fly-half Johnny Sexton should be fit to face France in the third round of the 2017 Six Nations on Saturday after he trained on Tuesday.
Leinster’s No. 10 missed both the 27-22 defeat to Scotland in Week 1 and the 63-10 hammering of Italy in Week 2 due to a calf strain, although Ireland’s back line looks ready to be boosted by the comeback of its star playmaker.
Speaking to the media after Tuesday’s training session, however, coaching member Richie Murphy hinted Sexton may not waltz back into the team as easily as some might expect following the impressive displays of his deputy, Ulster’s Paddy Jackson:
“Johnny gets picked like everyone else; he has no divine right to get picked. Will he get picked? That is a decision that has to be made. I am not trying to create any confusion. All I am saying is that there will be a decision made on the back of how he has performed over the last two days.
“Paddy Jackson has been brilliant. We have been very lucky that while Johnny has been out Paddy has been stepping in and filling that gap really well, since probably last summer.”
Ireland host France looking to seal back-to-back Six Nations wins in what will be their first home match of the tournament.