Johnny Sexton says Ireland may be facing a Wales side lacking many established stars in their Six Nations opener on Saturday but it would be “insulting” to the players replacing them to talk about it being an easier challenge.
Ireland flyhalf Jonathan Sexton will captain their 35-man squad featuring five uncapped players for the upcoming Six Nations.
Johnny Sexton will lead Ireland on his return from injury in one of 11 changes to their lineup to face Russia in Kobe City on Thursday.
Jack Carty will replace the injured Johnny Sexton in one of four changes to Ireland’s starting lineup for their World Cup match against Japan on Saturday.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named a strong starting lineup that includes Jonathan Sexton for their World Cup warm-up against Wales in Dublin.