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Joe Schmidt's men won a Six Nations Grand Slam, as well as a series in Australia, and have enjoyed an as yet unbeaten November highlighted by last weekend's unforgettable victory over the All Blacks in Dublin. One imagines Sexton won't play this weekend but it won't stop it being a big week for the talismanic out-half, who could well be named World Rugby Player of the Year in Monaco on Sunday evening.
There's one gong in the bag already too after he was named Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year in Dublin last night. It could have gone to many, many players with the season we had in this country, I can think of six or seven lads just off the top of my head, so I'm very happy to have been chosen.
No one can say, 'He didn't win that', I can say, 'Yes, I did win that trophy'. That's the best thing about winning, it's fact.
These are nice awards but they're not going to be unanimous decisions. Going to Australia was a huge thing to do because we hadn't won a Test series there in ages and that was very important for us but all the time, this was the fixture that you're thinking about," he said. You're looking at the season's fixtures and thinking, 'Okay, Six Nations, European Cup, all those big games but the one that sticks out is that All Blacks game, a shot at the best.
And they are the best. They're clearly the best team in the world and we matched them on one day and now we've got to keep going and keep ourselves up near the top for a while. That's the first time. It's always special to win the first time, do something for the first time, so to beat them in Ireland for the first time is very, very special as well.
Grand Slams had been done before so you could argue that's probably the highlight. It's very hard but when you consider the whole year… if someone had told me we'd win all this at the start of the year I would have laughed at them.
You always have to think big and we're certainly doing that but it's the work that goes on behind the scenes that people don't see.
They just see the end product and you can often work as hard as that in all the previous years and get nothing out of it. Then one year it all falls into place, so it's funny how things work out. The all-conquering Kiwi coach has a contract that runs only until the end of next year's World Cup.
If he decides to stay, he'll continue to do so," said Sexton. He hasn't given us any indication. He's a pretty focused guy on what's important and what's important was obviously New Zealand.
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