THE pressure is building on out-half Jonathan Sexton ahead of this weekend's clash with England, but former Ireland players believe he has the X Factor.
Paul Wallace, a former Ireland and Lions player, believes the 29-year-old (inset) has what it takes for the key Six Nations game.
"I'm expecting a big performance now that he is two games back from his little lay off," he told the Herald. "He should be perfectly primed for this game.
"A bit like when we played France I would say it all comes down to Sexton, if he plays well we will win and if he doesn't we'll lose. Sexton is key to Ireland's win," he added. "The X Factor has been Jonathan Sexton coming back into the side."
The retired player is going against popular opinion and tipping Ireland for victory.
"I think England has been a form side - no doubt about it but they haven't come across a side like Ireland," he said.
"If England get on the front foot I might make them favourites but I don't think they will."
Paul Wallace was speaking at the launch of the Atlantic 1000, a cycling fund-raiser that will see him and his two brothers take on the challenge of the Wild Atlantic Way.
In September the trio will cycle the route along with other rugby legends in a bid to raise money for Cross, a charity supporting cancer research in Ireland.
The out-half is set to be the subject of a new short documentary. All it Takes is Everything is a three minute film, produced by Three Ireland, which traces his career from his school days at St Mary's College, Rathmines.
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