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Sexton supports Murray, who played in the All Blacks match


FILE – In this file, a photo from February 3, 2018, Irish Jonathan Sexton, is caught by players from France during their six rugby match at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France. Sexton on Monday November 12, 2018. He said he supported Conor Murray's "wise" call not to bring the final game in Ireland to the forthcoming All Blacks weekend within five months of a neck injury.

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DUBLIN – Jonathan Sexton supports Conor Murray's "smart" call not to play a match against All Blacks in Ireland in the first weekend in five months.

Murray has not played since June when he injured his neck during a tour of Ireland in Australia. He trained, and coach Joe Schmidt said on Saturday, defeating Argentina, that he allowed Murray to decide on its availability. On Monday Scrumhalf was dismissed from the squad for the rest of the month from the center of Robbie Henshaw, who injured the hamstring during the warm-up and had to retire from the Pumas test.

"Apparently, I was in contact with Conor due to an injury, to see how he was developing and all the time he was improving, but I suppose he is just trying to make sure he can do it right away, and (it) will not be a problem in the future, "said Sexton about his partner for a long time.

"That's probably a smart thing, it's a big question, if you're not going to be asked to play All Blacks for a few weeks, it will be difficult enough, but if you're not in a time where you do not have it, it will be a big step forward."

Kieran Marmion took off at 9 on last Saturday, and Luke McGrath was a reserve, and they should be scrumhalami again against New Zealand on Saturday at Lansdowne Road.

Losing Henshaw was a stronger blow and put pressure on Garry & # 39; Ringrose to heal himself from hip thrusting, which excluded him from the match in Argentina. Will Addison stepped in to make his first start and did not let Ireland down, but Ireland will want to bring Ringrose back to Bundee Aki. They were helpers when Ireland defeated England in March in the Six Nations' Grand Slam.

Sexton, the winner of the world player of the year with two All Blacks, wanted Ireland to be the best on the pitch on Saturday.

"You can not lie and say it's just another game," he said. "We definitely had it on our radar for a while."

Sexton helped Ireland beat New Zealand in 2016 in Chicago to end the 111-year drought, and said they also want to add the first victory at home.

"It's been two years since we played the last one, but our team has changed a lot," he said. "We can not wait to see how far we'll get in two years and where we really are in the world."

Ireland ranks second and for the first time has the chance to be number 1.

"These are great games in which you do all the work, do all the exercises," said Sexton. "You will not get a chance, you know, they have been number one in the world for nine years, you have a small chance to change it.

"Over the years, we went down a bit in history, winning in Argentina, winning for the first time in South Africa, defeating New Zealand for the first time, so we defeated them for the first time in Ireland, be the next small story that this group can create, which you do not want to miss. "

Sexton has two wins and a draw in 11 matches against All Blacks for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions and has a healthy respect for the challenge they pose.

"You feel what you need to do to defeat them, but you have to go and do it. This is the most difficult part.

"We will have a great plan, we will have some experience with what worked against them in the past, which did not work and where they are most dangerous, but you have to go out and implement it. Let's hope you get to the end and release it. "

He expects New Zealand to hit the purple patch, and then how well Ireland adapts.

"I've never played against a team that would make the mistake (so good.) You look at the Rugby Championship, how many times do you think Australia and South Africa have them under the pump, and then they're under their own positions.

"In Pretoria, when they came from the back (Springboks) are on the New Zealand line, they have 12 points ahead and 10 minutes before the end, and you think the game is over." They turn this over, they go to the length of the pitch and get it. Then they get points again.

"They really risk you when you lose the ball, so this week everything is a bit more important."

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