Johnny Sexton heaps praise on coach Andy Farrell after Ireland's Grand Slam win

Johnny Sexton captained Ireland to a Grand Slam success
Johnny Sexton captained Ireland to a Grand Slam success

Ireland skipper Johnny Sexton heaped praises on head coach Andy Farrell following their Six Nations Grand Slam triumph.

Farrell's men are having a dream run as they defeated England 29-16 in the final round to register five consecutive wins in the recently concluded competition to drive them to a fifth Six Nations title and a fourth Grand Slam.

They also had a fabulous last year having finished second in the Six Nations to France followed by a maiden series win in New Zealand against the All Blacks and an unbeaten autumn international campaign.

With the success against England, they now have extended their position at the top of the World Rugby Rankings and Sexton feels Farrell and the coaching staff deserve a lot of credit for the success.

“Since day one, he’s put his own stamp on it,” Sexton said of Farrell.

“The best thing about him is he hasn’t changed one bit from going to assistant to head coach. He’s still very popular even with the lads he doesn’t pick.

“We’ve been able to bounce back from when I let myself down when I got taken off against France. That was probably the low point, the real low point.

“And this is a high point but I hope it’s not the highest point."

With the Six Nations success conquered, Sexton wants to set the sight on the Rugby World Cup which is scheduled later this year in France.

“(He’s) a very special coach. When you have him, Paul O’Connell and Simon Easterby, Catty (Mike Catt), John Fogarty motivating you during the week, it’s a pretty special dressing room to be a part of.

“So all credit to him really for putting it together and roll on the World Cup, that’s what we need to focus on now.”


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