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Rugby Union – Sexton boost for Ireland

Jonny Sexton is expected to be fit enough to play for Ireland in their Six Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. Sexton picked up a calf injury during Leinster's game against Castres earlier this month but the new Ireland manager Paul Dean, who won 32 Ireland caps between 1981 and 1989, confirmed: "I think everything is fine (with Sexton). "We're being very positive about it. Hopefully he'll train properly and be fit and ready. He's very positive as he always is." Keith Earls is also making good progress from his rib injury while Sean O'Brien is expected to be fit enough to face Scotland as he battles back from a calf injury. However, Munster winger Andrew Conway will miss the match as he has aggravated a groin injury. Ireland are 5/1 with bet365 to win the Grand Slam this year while they available at 4/11 to beat Scotland.

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