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James Lowe believes Jack Crowley is taking Ireland fly-half chance in his stride

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Test rookie Crowley marked his maiden Guinness Six Nations appearance in Dublin with the first senior try of his career to set the defending champions on course for a crushing 36-0 win over Italy.

The 24-year-old, who has never touched down in 45 provincial outings for Munster, was elevated to first-choice number 10 after long-serving talisman Sexton retired following the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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Crowley, who has 11 caps, made his full championship debut in Ireland金光佛论坛檚 statement 38-17 round-one win in France.

For the second successive week, he shrugged off some nervy kicks to produce an assured performance.

Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey 金光佛论坛 one of six players brought into Andy Farrell金光佛论坛檚 starting XV following success in Marseille 金光佛论坛 echoed Lowe金光佛论坛檚 praise of Crowley.

Former Ireland captain Johnny Sexton retired following last year's World Cup in France
Former Ireland captain Johnny Sexton retired following last year金光佛论坛檚 World Cup in France (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Dan Sheehan金光佛论坛檚 double and further scores from Jack Conan and Calvin Nash ensured Ireland go into a fallow weekend at the top of the table with maximum points.

Farrell金光佛论坛檚 side host Wales on February 24 before taking on England and Scotland next month.

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