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Johnny’s Diary: Clay Pigeons, Kickers Lunch And Exams

Johnny’s Diary: Clay Pigeons, Kickers Lunch And Exams

Ireland out-half Jonathan Sexton brings us up to date with his first diary from inside the Ireland camp including his refusal of chips at the ‘kickers’ lunch’.

It’s been a case taking things relatively easy this week, conscientiously rehabbing my ankle, which curtailed a desire to take part in last Tuesday’s golf lesson and also any table tennis.

The last time I was able to take part in a non-rugby based activity was last week when the squad went clay pigeon shooting.

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I don’t think the instructor was impressed following his lecture on safety to notice some one handed shooting from the hip!

There is a great spirit in the squad, a legacy of the camaraderie we have enjoyed for some time and that was very apparent at the World Cup in New Zealand.

The fact that the core of the squad has been together for a while under Deccie is a contributory factor.

I had a two-hour kicking session yesterday and then tucked into the kickers’ lunch; I managed not to have the chips, which took quite a bit of restraint on my part.

My spare time these days is ostensibly devoted to summer exams. I sat three exams before Christmas in the week between the two Heineken Cup matches against Bath. I got good results and now face three more this summer to hopefully finish my BComm.

I usually cram but am trying to persuade myself that little and often in terms of study is a much better route map.

That’s for another time though as my focus is exclusively on Sunday and trying to help engineer a victory that would give us the start we are looking for to the Six Nations Championship.

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