Stuart Lancaster Heralds Leinster Star As ‘Best Player I’ve Ever Coached’


High praise.

Former England and current Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster has heralded Johnny Sexton as the ‘best player he’s ever coached’ after an incredible season with the Ireland outhalf.

Sexton played an integral role for Leinster as they secured an unprecedented PRO14 and Champions Cup double, and was also key for Ireland as they won just their third Grand Slam in history.

Speaking after Leinster’s PRO14 title win, Lancaster says he’s coached some ‘pretty good players’ but Sexton trumps them all.

“Of all the players I have coached he is probably the best and I have obviously coached some pretty good players with England,” Lancaster said.

“His ability to see the game, his knowledge of the game and his ability to inspire others to get the best out of them, his desire to achieve things…it’s a challenge but I love the challenge.

“There were some massive moments in the game that he contributed to. The James Lowe try on the short side was exceptional with his hands and the vision to see it. The kick to the corner for the maul try was a huge, huge moment. The conversion of the try on half-time.”

“It’s his knowledge, a challenge in a good way. He has been coached by great coaches and he is always wanting to get better. When I came in I brought in some different ideas for him to think about which he has been broad minded enough to accept.

And his game has developed accordingly. His drive to be the best that he can be is what sets him apart.”


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