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Warriors keen to pressure Sexton

 

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

Glasgow Warriors coach Dave Rennie says his side must put Johnny Sexton "under a bit of heat" in order to derail Leinster in this lunchtime's pivotal Champions Cup clash between the sides.

The Scots are in need of a win in order to stay in touch in Pool Three as their visitors aim to consolidate their position after a bonus-point win over Montpellier last Saturday.

Sexton returns to captain the team after overcoming his dead leg, but the province have been hit with a blow with Isa Nacewa ruled out for six weeks after undergoing ankle surgery. Sean O'Brien is fit enough to travel but not play.

Glasgow welcome Lions full-back Stuart Hogg back for the first time this season and New Zealander Rennie says the key to winning is disrupting captain Sexton.

"He's very experienced," the former Chiefs coach said. "He has been a great player for Ireland for many years and for Leinster. He has a massive influence on their side and we're aware of that. We're going to have to put him under a bit of heat and hopefully unsettle their rhythm."

Meanwhile, the IRFU have said they regret any upset caused by their decision to advertise the vacant post of Ireland Women's coach as a six-month, part-time role.

The union deny that they are downgrading the job and say a full review of 15-a-side structures is ongoing and a long-term decision on the coach will take place after the Six Nations.

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