Sexton ready to go – Murphy

Date published: February 10 2015

Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton will be "ready to go" when they take on France in Dublin on Saturday, according to coach Richie Murphy.

The 29-year-old, who missed their opening game against Italy last weekend, is set to return to the side for their clash with Les Bleus.

He'd been sidelined for twelve weeks for a concussion lay-off but skills coach Murphy believes the fly-half is more than ready to return.

"Johnny's fine: he took a full part in training and did contact work today and is raring to go for the weekend," he told Press Association Sport.

"He's just itching to go. The last few weeks probably have been a little bit frustrating but he understood that he couldn't play until he got the all clear.

"He's got that now and he's ready to go."

Murphy added: "His kicking is going fine: we did some work today and yesterday and he seems to be in a good spot.

"Obviously he hasn't taken any competitive kicks for a while so we will see how he gets on at the weekend.

"It's a pretty big test for him but the great benefit he has is that he has been training so he has had his eye in doing a lot of skill work and non-contact stuff that we have been doing.

"It's not as bad as somebody coming from injury where they haven't been able to touch the ball.

"He'll be ready to go."