SIX NATIONS: Rory Best insists Jonathan Sexton will be fit to face Wales

Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton
Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton

Rory Best has insisted Johnny Sexton will shake off a sore back and be fully fit for Saturday's NatWest 6 Nations clash with Wales in Dublin.

Fly-half Sexton sat out the opening section of Ireland's captain's run training session, to have treatment on general stiffness, but stepped in and completed the session unimpeded.

Ireland will chase a third straight Six Nations win to keep their 2018 title bid on track at the Aviva Stadium this weekend, with captain Best confident British and Irish Lions playmaker Sexton will be fit to start.

Asked if Sexton was ready for Saturday's encounter, Best said: "Yeah he's grand, he's just getting a bit older, so he needed a bit longer to warm up, but he came into the tail-end of the session.

"He was fine, he finished the session."

Asked if Sexton would be any doubt to feature fully on Saturday, Best replied: "No."