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Johnny Sexton is the new Ireland captain after the out-half was confirmed as the man to lead the team into the 2020 Six Nations.
New Ireland head coach Andy Farrell named his 35-man squad this afternoon – along with four ‘development players’ – with Sexton’s captaincy and the return of Devin Toner among the top storylines.
Sexton previously captained Ireland against Russia at the 2019 World Cup, and will take over from Rory Best, who retired after the tournament.
Speaking to IrishRugby.ie about his appointment as captain, Johnny said:
“First of all it’s a massive honour to be asked to do it and I obviously got a taste for it during the World Cup for that one game and I’ve done it in patches with Ireland in-game when either Rory or Pete have gone off in previous games. It’s something that I enjoy but ultimately it’s a huge honour the biggest honour of my career to be asked to do it and I’m really looking forward to it and looking forward to the challenges that are coming up and hopefully we can have a successful 6 Nations now.”
Farrell has also brought veteran second row Toner back into the fold after missing out on World Cup selection, while also freshening things up with five uncapped players.
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