Rugby | Sexton named Ireland captain in Farrell’s first Six Nations squad

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Dublin – Talismanic flyhalfJohnny Sextonwas on Wednesday named asIrelandcaptain for the forthcoming Six Nations campaign by new head coach Andy Farrell.

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The 34-year-old former world player of the year replaces hooker Rory Best, who retired after Ireland’s disappointing quarter-final 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.

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