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Joe Schmidt doesn’t want Johnny Sexton to be targeted off the ball by France

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt hopes France will not target Johnny Sexton off the ball in their Six Nations opener in Paris.

The Irish fly-half has been singled out by French sides in the past, but Schmidt doesn’t expect a similar tactic on Saturday.

“It doesn’t need to be part of the game,” said Schmidt. “Johnny is a really tough competitor and he will take whatever is fairly doled out but when it comes off the ball I don’t think it needs to be part of the game.”

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