Sexton to get the nod
Last Updated: April 30, 2013 1:59pm
Jonathan Sexton: Odds-on to start against Australia
Jonathan Sexton is Sky Bet's odds-on favourite to start at fly-half for the British & Irish Lions in the 1st Test against Australia.
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The Leinster No 10 is widely tipped to get the nod from head coach Warren Gatland ahead of England's Owen Farrell (4/1) for the Brisbane clash on June 22.
Sexton is one of nine Irishmen named in Gatland's 37-man squad for the three-Test tour, but there is no place in the squad for England's record-breaking points scorer Jonny Wilkinson.
In the scrum-half department Wales' Mike Phillips is 1/3-on to partner Sexton against Australia for the opening clash with England's Ben Youngs a 9/4 shot.
The online bookmaker make the Lions 4/6 favourites to win the series outright and 15/8 to win 2-1 - a repeat of their 1989 victory Down Under.
Wales' George North is 3/1 favourite to be the Lions top try scorer from team-mate Alex Cuthbert (7/2), Ireland's Tommy Bowe (5/1) and full-back Leigh Halfpenny (6/1).