Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Of the Same in Mind for Ireland Prop Marty

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Of the Same in Mind for Ireland Prop Marty

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with Saint-Andre not disguising his aims to exploit a perceived upperhand over Leinster's Moore.

Ireland are expected to hand Johnny Sexton an immediate return at fly-half following their 26-3 win in Italy, after the Racing Metro playmaker completed his enforced 12-week concussion lay-off.

Head coach Joe Schmidt will name his squad this afternoon, but France boss Saint-Andre has already told his players to heap early pressure on fitagain Sexton this weekend.

Former Sale and Toulon boss Saint-Andre also believes Ireland remain favourites to retain the Six Nations title, with Schmidt's men gunning for a ninth consecutive victory this weekend.

"Sexton is a stalwart of this Ireland side, but he hasn't played for 12 weeks and we should really test him early on," said Saint-Andre. "Ireland are full of confidence and showed that when they seized the game by the scruff of the neck against the Italians once they were down to 14 men.

"They have won eight in a row and are the favourites for the title. …

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