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Twickenham will give us a glimpse into life after Sexton

Ruaidhri O'Connor


Absence of Ireland's captain and talisman is at once a worry and an opportunity

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Billy Burns replaces Johnny Sexton during Ireland’s Wales clash. DAVID FITZGERALD/SPORTSFILE

Billy Burns replaces Johnny Sexton during Ireland’s Wales clash. DAVID FITZGERALD/SPORTSFILE

Billy Burns replaces Johnny Sexton during Ireland’s Wales clash. DAVID FITZGERALD/SPORTSFILE

Andy Farrell is keeping Johnny Sexton around this week as his team prepares to go to Twickenham and face their English demons without their talisman and leader.

No doubt the 35-year-old out-half will be on hand to dispense advice and contribute to team meetings, but he'll have to release the handbrake at some stage and let James Ryan take over the steering.


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