Johnny Sexton Anticipates Ireland's Most Challenging Quarter-Final Against New Zealand
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Johnny Sexton Anticipates Ireland's Most Challenging Quarter-Final Against New Zealand

11 October 2023
2 min.
Johnny Sexton Anticipates Ireland's Most Challenging Quarter-Final Against New Zealand

History in the Making

Johnny Sexton, the veteran of Irish rugby, believes the clash with New Zealand on Saturday night is poised to be the most challenging encounter Ireland has ever faced. As head coach Andy Farrell keeps an unchanged XV, Ireland's grand slam champions are determined to break the last-eight curse and secure a spot in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.

Ireland's quest for the World Cup semi-finals has been an elusive one, marked by seven previous last-eight defeats. However, their recent track record against New Zealand, including a historic 2-1 series victory last summer, fuels their self-belief. This contest is a pivotal moment for Johnny Sexton, who is on the brink of retirement after a distinguished career.

"Sexton is no stranger to the rigors of facing the All Blacks. He played a key role in the drawn British Irish Lions series in 2017 and led Ireland to a triumphant series win last summer. His experience has him well-prepared for the upcoming challenge. 'Every game is as tough as the last,' Sexton emphasizes, 'and that's what we're preparing for: the toughest game we've ever faced.'"

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Coach Farrell expresses confidence in Hansen's recovery from a calf knock and Lowe's return from an eye problem, assuring they will be ready for the game.


With the stage set for this monumental showdown, Ireland's rugby team is focused and ready for what could be a historic moment in their rugby history. Johnny Sexton and his fellow players have worked relentlessly on their mental game, aiming to shed any past baggage. As they gear up for a one-off game against New Zealand, the anticipation and excitement are palpable within the squad.

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