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‘Winning doesn’t take the edge’: Paul O’Connell says Johnny Sexton reminds him of Roy Keane

‘Winning doesn’t take the edge’: Paul O’Connell says Jonathan Sexton reminds him of Roy Keane as the fly-half prepares to win the 100th game for Ireland

  • Sexton will become the sixth Irishman to win the 100th match on Saturday
  • The 2018 World Player of the Year has won three Six Nations and four European Cups.
  • O’Connell believes his former teammate shares the same traits of the great Manchester United
  • Keane won 13 major trophies over 12 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford


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Johnny Sexton possesses similar qualities to former footballer Roy Keane, according to the great Irishman Paul O’Connell.

Irish captain Sexton has been one of his country’s most influential players for over a decade and will win his 100th match during Saturday’s clash with Japan in Dublin.

Former captain O’Connell, one of six Irishmen who have previously reached the milestone, played alongside the fly-half for many years and now works as a striker coach for the national team.

Johnny Sexton is one of six Irishmen to win 100 games for the national team.

Roy Keane won 13 grands prix with Manchester United

Roy Keane won 13 grands prix with Manchester United

Paul O’Connell believes Sexton shares Keane’s winning personality and thirst for success

He attributes Sexton’s longevity to relentless drive, a main trait of former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland captain Keane and Irish pitching serial champion Henry Shefflin.

“I think winning makes you want to win more; winning doesn’t take away your advantage,” said O’Connell, who won 108 games for Ireland between 2002 and 2015.

“It happens to win very quickly. Sometimes if we win badly, he almost treats it as a loss, if we don’t play well, we don’t do well, if we don’t execute what we want to do.

I compare him to a Henry Shefflin or a Roy Keane, winning doesn’t take away the advantage. That’s one of the big reasons he’s had such a huge influence on the teams he’s been involved with.

Sexton will win his 100th international match for Ireland when he faces Japan in Dublin on Saturday.

Sexton will win his 100th international match for Ireland when he faces Japan in Dublin on Saturday.

Sexton will win his 100th international match for Ireland when he faces Japan in Dublin on Saturday.

The veteran fly half has won the Six Nations three times and four European Champions Cups.

The veteran fly half has won the Six Nations three times and four European Champions Cups.

The veteran fly half has won the Six Nations three times and four European Champions Cups.

“Some guys have big, lofty goals and when they achieve them, they take their foot off the gas or allow their teams to take their foot off the gas. Just push harder and harder. ‘

Sexton will follow in the footsteps of Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara, Rory Best, Cian Healy, John Hayes and ex-Munster Lock O’Connell to reach a century of appearances.

The 36-year-old from Leinster is known to be a demanding teacher on the field and training ground.

However, O’Connell says that Sexton also has a personable side, which contributes significantly to bringing out the best in his teammates.

Sexton has suffered his fair share of injuries, but remains a key figure for Ireland at the age of 36.

Sexton has suffered his fair share of injuries, but remains a key figure for Ireland at the age of 36.

Sexton has suffered his fair share of injuries, but remains a key figure for Ireland at the age of 36.

“He has credibility because, despite his looks, he’s a lot of fun, he’s a lot of fun on site,” O’Connell, 42, continued.

‘He builds relationships with people. When a guy you’ve been in a relationship with takes you to a higher level, you tend to react quite well.

“ When he played, he was a great guy to have as a captain on the team because he didn’t expect other people to lead or he didn’t want the captain to always be on top of the people.

“ He himself led the team relentlessly. The way he reacts to victory is the most important thing to me. ”

Keane, like Sexton, was known to be extremely picky about his teammates.

Keane, like Sexton, was known to be extremely picky about his teammates.

Keane, like Sexton, was known to be extremely picky about his teammates.

The Irishman won 13 major trophies at United, including the 1999 Champions League.

The Irishman won 13 major trophies at United, including the 1999 Champions League.

The Irishman won 13 major trophies at United, including the 1999 Champions League.

Sexton is one of 12 Leinster players in head coach Andy Farrell’s starting XV for the weekend.

Munster’s players Andrew Conway and Tadhg Beirne also passed through the ranks of the Dublin-based province, and Connacht’s New Zealand-born center Bundee Aki was the only player offline.

O’Connell says that Ireland’s coaching team did not consider the club’s loyalties when selecting the team, but acknowledges that the statistic will be “a concern” for the other three provinces.

Sexton is one of 12 Leinster players in head coach Andy Farrell's starting XV for the weekend.

Sexton is one of 12 Leinster players in head coach Andy Farrell's starting XV for the weekend.

Sexton is one of 12 Leinster players in head coach Andy Farrell’s starting XV for the weekend.

“Of course I would say that every province wants to have more Irish players on their team,” O’Connell said.

“ I remember when I first came into the Munster team with Declan Kidney, we had a great goal record and one of the main goals was for more Munster players to play for a winning Ireland.

I am sure it is a concern for the provinces.

“From our point of view, I found out yesterday, so it’s not something we pay attention to, discuss or worry about. We just try to choose what we think is right on the day. ‘

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