Johnny Sexton could make his first Six Nations appearance this year as he’s been passed fit to face France.
Sexton sat out the loss to Scotland, and was not ready to line-up against Italy a week later as he struggled to shake a calf injury.
Paddy Jackson deputised and has done well since taking the number ten spot, since the November internationals the out-half has nailed 25 out of 26 kicks.
Sexton came through training ok on tuesday, but kicking and skills coach Richie Murphy says that doesn’t guarantee him a start:
“Johnny gets picked like everyone else, he’s a member of the team, a member of the squad and he has no divine right to get picked.
“Will he get picked? that’ll be a decision that has to get made.
“I’m not trying to create any confusion or anything, all I’m saying is the decision will be made on the back of how he’s performed over the last few days.
“Paddy has been brilliant, we’ve been very lucky while Johnny has been out that Paddy has stepped in and filled that gap,” Murphy said.
“He’s really stepped up to the mark, he is improving all the time. He is only 24 years of age, Johnny was only getting capped for the first time at the age that Paddy’s at now stage.
“He has worked hard with Johnny off the pitch in order to try and help him drive things and he’s been really good, it’s starting to come to the stage where there are other options there.”