Skipper back Sexton to progress further
Ireland skipper Rory Best has backed Leinster fly-half Jonathan Sexton to be an even better player in 2019.
Sexton enjoyed an extraordinary 2018 as he helped club side Leinster do the Champions Cup-PRO14 double while also guiding Ireland to the Six Nations Grand Slam.
The experienced British & Irish Lions stand-off also guided Ireland to their first-ever victory over the All Blacks before scooping the award for World Rugby Player of the Year.
Despite an almost-perfect season in 2018, Best feels there is still even more to come from Sexton, as Ireland build towards the World Cup in Japan.
"It's a short career, he's competitive, he wants to win things and he knows the best way for him to win things is simply to be good at rugby," he told reporters.
"Johnny gets that. And that's all Johnny really wants to be; the best player he can be. He wants to be the best player in the world.
"He's achieved that with the award, but now he'll want to put two in a row, and then he'll say 'let's put three in a row'.
"Because he wants to be the best he possibly can."
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