Ireland star believes 'growing' team-mate Jack Crowley lacks ‘Johnny Sexton’s aura’
2024/02/12

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Despite not yet possessing some of Johnny Sexton's well-known traits, Jack Crowley's performance in the Ireland fly-half jersey has impressed James Lowe. After taking over from the retired Sexton, Crowley has excelled in the first two rounds of the Six Nations. His composure against France was followed by a standout display at the Aviva Stadium, where he showcased his ability to control the backline, make the right decisions, and create opportunities for his teammates. In Ireland's 36-0 victory over Italy, Crowley scored a try and two conversions. While being compared to Sexton brings pressure, Crowley has taken it in stride and is establishing himself as the top choice for the long-term. The 24-year-old's versatility in slotting into the fullback position also impressed, showcasing his potential for future success in the game. Lowe praised Crowley's maturity and predicted a bright future for him. The strong performance of Ireland's pack has undoubtedly aided Crowley's success thus far, but tougher challenges lie ahead as they face Wales and England in the upcoming matches. Lowe expressed satisfaction with their dominant performances in the set-piece and acknowledged the support they provide to the half-backs. As Ireland aims for another Grand Slam, the forwards' continued excellence will be crucial in overcoming the unique defensive challenge posed by England's rush defence.

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