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Rugby Union – Sexton talks up Ireland chances

Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton is adamant his side have not already peaked ahead of the World Cup in Japan. Having beaten New Zealand and won the Six Nations Grand Slam in 2018, the men in green endured an indifferent 2019. Despite the recent downturn in results, Sexton believes Ireland, who are 5/1 with bet365 to win the tournament in Japan, are in a good place heading into the World Cup. "I don't think we have peaked," says Sexton. "I didn't think we'd peaked when we won the Grand Slam and I didn't think we'd peaked when we beat the All Blacks either. "It's amazing how opinions can change in the space of a couple of months. "We beat the All Blacks and all the talk was 'nothing's going to stop us winning the World Cup' and then three or four games later, we're the worst team ever and people think we've peaked. "We've got time together now to really work on things through the summer.”

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