Andy Farrell Has His Say On Johnny Sexton’s Reaction To Being Replaced Against France
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No hard feelings.
Ireland boss Andy Farrell doesn’t think his captain Johnny Sexton undermined him on Saturday following his reaction to being replaced late on in their defeat to France in Paris.
Sexton was taken off with 68 minutes on the clock and replaced by Ross Byrne with Ireland trailing as they looked to get back into the game and turn the result around.
The Ireland skipper looked visibly displeased with cameras catching him shaking his head and looking up to the coaching box.
Speaking following his Autumn Nations Cup squad announcement today, Farrell said there’s a “bit of learning” to be done but that Sexton needs “to be himself” going forward.
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“No, not at all,” Farrell said when asked if he felt Sexton’s reaction undermined him.
“Johnny’s a passionate guy and it’s the reason we all love him as a player for however long he’s been at the top of the Irish game.
“There’s always a bit of learning from every game that you play.
“But no, I don’t feel undermined and neither do the team. We need Johnny to be himself and obviously there’s always going to be learnings along the way.
“But you’re not going to change overnight, a person at the top doing what he has done because of intent and attitude that he’s got.”