I have these six nations - Simply enjoy the campaign.
For seven seasons, the clean-cut, boyish face of Joe Schmidt looked down from the top table alongside Paul O'Connell and Rory Best. "I'll kick and scream but I'll go", Sexton admitted ironically, to which Andy Farrell gave a knowing giggle next to him.
Eventually, they arrived in the writers' room for their last formal engagement before they departed for their Algarve training camp.
"It's hard because the real amends will be made in four years' time", he said of the latest quarter-final exit.
"Of course there are some new people who will freshen things up, but it's not just about getting people in shape". "Competition for places has to be right up there as what drives us forward together". What went wrong? How did it go wrong?'
"I see Eddie using it to galvanise England a little bit as well". I don't think you will ever get used to it, and luckily it's only once a year, "he said with a big smile".
"I think everyone would want to be captain but it's about someone wanting you to do it", he said. We'll take it day by day, it's not serious but we'll see how it goes. But there are other people who have a lot to do with it as well.
"Everything has been planned, so I hope to be able to participate in the training tomorrow", he said. "A lot has to happen".
Expectations that Japan was Johnny Sexton's last World Cup in 2019 may prove premature. And you never know until you know, do you? I don't mean to get like that sometimes, but when things aren't going well it obviously comes out more.
"It's important that I don't change too much, but I have got to get better". "I wouldn't change it for anything, maybe to be a golfer, but for something else".
"I want to play for as long as I can because I love what I do".
"But it's important I'm myself". I got through at 20 so that you could get used to it. I have always tried to get better throughout my career. "I'll try to do that with every part of my game until I retire".
"We spoke about that, we wanted to be more. not that it wasn't player-driven in the past, but that we wanted it to be even more player-driven".
"If we didn't think they could do that, they wouldn't be in the squad in the first place".
"He's been playing really well and is really confident at this moment in time, and then you've got Conor [Murray] getting the man of the match at the weekend and Luke McGrath getting man of the match as well so it's a great place to be".