Even before the 2022 Guinness Six Nations had started Johnny Sexton had scanned the fixtures and dared to think of potentially earning a relatively rare opportunity to win silverware in front of a capacity home crowd on the final Saturday.
A 12th Triple Crown is assured if Ireland can beat Scotland at the Aviva Stadium next Saturday (kick-off 4.45pm), while also having the chance of becoming Six Nations champions should France slip up at home to England.
Now the Ireland captain can dare to dream.
“Yeah, it would be very special,” Sexton admitted on Tuesday in his weekly captain’s briefing. “Once we had lost that game to France we set our targets on this. It’s the only thing that is in our control. If we can get a win and if we can do that, then we’re guaranteed [the Triple Crown].
“But we have to hold our end of the bargain u …