Johnny Sexton has declared himself fit for the start of the Six Nations and believes “anyone can go out and win” the tournament. Captain Sexton arrived in the Irish camp nursing a hamstring problem but trained fully on Wednesday and feels ready to lead his country into Sunday’s opener away to Wales.
“Every team is sat in their different training centres setting targets to win the Six Nations, you’re not coming in here going, ‘I hope we finish third or second’,” Sexton said. “We’re here to try and win, that’s the name of the game in professional sport. How do we do that? We do that by performing well and by trying to get better from our last outing.”
“We want to be up there with the best and that’s France and England at the moment,” he added. “We felt we built through the Autumn Nations Cup after a disappointing end to the Six Nations and we want to go up a level, we want to go up a couple of levels because we want to be able to challenge the best teams in Europe for the foreseeable future.”
Leinster man Sexton feels his country are not far behind their two main title rivals but accepts proving it is a different matter. “Time will tell, won’t it? It doesn’t matter how much we talk about it and how good we say things are in camp,” he said. “We have to put out performances that reflect that and we have to get results that reflect that also.”