Johnny Sexton dominated out of Eire’s Six Nations opener in opposition to Scotland
Johnny Sexton has been dominated out of Eire’s Six Nations opener towards Scotland after failing to shake off his calf drawback.
Eire should now face Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday with out their linchpin British and Irish Lions playmaker. Ulster’s Paddy Jackson ought to now begin at fly-half in Edinburgh, with Munster’s Ian Keatley drafted into the squad as additional cowl.
Flanker Peter O’Mahony may also miss the Scotland conflict after struggling a hamstring downside, in one other blow to go coach Joe Schmidt’s aspect. Uncapped Munster centre Rory Scannell is Eire’s solely different recognised possibility at fly-half, after Schmidt selected to miss Bordeaux’s Ian Madigan.
“Johnny Sexton has performed some working however is not going to be thought of for choice for this weekend,” confirmed the Irish Rugby Soccer Union. “Johnny did some mild working however continues to be feeling some tightness. He’ll proceed to rehab however received’t be chosen this weekend.”
Sexton suffered his newest harm blow in Leinster’s 24-24 European Champions Cup draw at Castres on 20 January. The 31-year-old limped out of the primary half of Leinster’s attract France, detecting the calf situation himself together with his provincial bosses hoping a fast withdrawal would increase his probabilities of being match to start out the Six Nations.
Eire had anticipated Sexton to return to full coaching on Tuesday, and had banked on the 63-cap playmaker profitable his health battle to face the Scots. Now Ulster’s 25-year-old Jackson will step up into Eire’s No10 shirt, having run the backline operations all through coaching final week.
Schmidt has already defended his resolution to miss former Leinster fly-half Madigan for choice. The IRFU favours these enjoying membership rugby in Eire for Check choice, with Schmidt glad to comply with that development. Whereas 19-cap Jackson has the expertise to deal with the beginning jersey, Keatley boasts simply 4 caps – and has not featured since Eire’s 26-Three win in Italy in February 2015.