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Johnny Sexton: I'll cap Ireland comeback

Welcome news for Ireland as star out-half confirms fitness for opening clash with Scots

Head start: Jonathan Sexton at yesterday’s ceremony
Head start: Jonathan Sexton at yesterday’s ceremony
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Ireland's World Player of the Year Johnny Sexton says he's ready to go for the World Cup after Joe Schmdit's men set up camp in Chiba yesterday.

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The squad were presented with their official World Cup caps at a welcome ceremony, with skipper Rory Best called upon to colour in the eye of a Daruma doll, a Japanese tradition associated with good luck.

With all eyes on next Sunday's opener with Scotland in Yokohama, Sexton insisted he is eagerly anticipating the clash.

"I'm looking forward to it," the out-half said. "We had a few days off before we left, we got to spend some time with our families before being away for a long time, so we had that switch-off time. Now we're about work and preparing, so there won't be too much down time."

Sexton played only once in the warm-ups thanks to a thumb injury but believes he is ready to hit the ground running against Gregor Townsend's men.

"Everything will be judged on results and form after Sunday," he said. "I feel physically very good.

"Obviously I would like to have played another game but a couple of issues prevented me from playing one extra game, I think I was only going to play two.

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"I'm happy with the physical prep I did all summer and now I'm looking forward to getting stuck into this World Cup."

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