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Talismanic fly-half Johnny Sexton was on Wednesday named as Ireland captain for the forthcoming Six Nations campaign by new head coach Andy Farrell.

The 34-year-old former world player of the year replaces hooker Rory Best, who retired after Ireland’s disappointing quarterfinal exit at last year’s World Cup.

There are five uncapped players in Farrell’s first squad since he took over from Joe Schmidt, who like Best stepped aside following the World Cup after a successful tenure.

The uncapped quintet are Ulster’s Billy Burns and Tom O’Toole and the Leinster trio of Max Deegan, Caelan Doris and Ronan Kelleher.

Fly-half Burns was a member of the England side that won the Under-20 world title in 2014 but qualifies for Ireland through his grandfather.

Sexton, who failed to shine at the World Cup in Japan, said being made captain was

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