Former England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster hails Johnny Sexton as the best player he has ever coached
The fly-half Johnny Sexton captains both Leinster and Ireland. He also previously represented the British & Irish Lions in both 2013 and 2017 and has scored over 900 points in his international career, making him one of the highest points-scorers in rugby union history. Sexton was the winner of World Rugby Player of the Year in 2018, having previously been a nominee for the award in 2014.
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“Of all the players I’ve coached, he’s the best player I have ever coached, He sees things quicker than anyone else” said the former England coach.
“I’ve coached some brilliant players in England, obviously, and worked against players.
“His ability to see the game, his knowledge of the game, his ability to inspire others, to get the best out of them, his drive to succeed and want to achieve things is a challenge. “But I love the challenge.”
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There you have it. When a coach walks through the front door at Leinster, he has to know the game inside-out, upside-down, back-to-front.
Or Sexton will smell weakness and weed it out.
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“It is his knowledge. It is challenged in a good way,” said the senior coach.
“He has been coached by great coaches and he has always wanted to get better himself. He has always wanted to improve.
“By being coached by great coaches and then, ultimately, having this desire to improve makes him (the man he is).
“His knowledge is incredible really,” he added.
“When I came in, I brought in some different ideas for him to think about which he has been broad-minded enough to accept.
“And I think his game has developed accordingly.
“His drive to be the best he can be is what sets him apart.”