Johnny Sexton: Ireland and Leinster captain out for the season due to groin injury

Colin Newboult

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton will miss the rest of Leinster’s season after sustaining a groin injury in the Grand Slam triumph over England.

Experienced fly-half Sexton played a key role in his country’s recent success, starting four of their matches en route to the Six Nations title.

The 37-year-old pivot was once again excellent in the finale, helping the Irish go 24-16 ahead before he was forced off with a groin problem.

Surgery required

It has now been revealed that the playmaker requires surgery on the issue and will be absent for the rest of the campaign, having potentially played his final game for the RDS-based outfit.

Johnny Sexton will see a specialist on Tuesday and have a procedure on the groin injury picked up in Ireland’s Six Nations game against England, which will likely keep him sidelined for the remainder of the Leinster Rugby season,” Leinster said in a statement.

It is a blow for his province, who are currently unbeaten this season and are the favourites to win both the Champions Cup and United Rugby Championship.

Ross Byrne, like he did during the Six Nations, should take the role in his absence and will probably start in Leinster’s Champions Cup tie against Ulster on Saturday.

Other injury problems

Sexton is not the only one who will be on the sidelines for the upcoming round-of-16 clash with three other starters from the Grand Slam triumph set to miss out.

Leinster’s statement added: “Garry Ringrose, Hugo Keenan and Caelan Doris will continue to follow the Graduated Return to Play Protocols this week.

“Ed Byrne came through the game at the weekend with no issues after his return from a knee injury.

“There are no further updates on: Jamie Osborne (knee), Rónan Kelleher (shoulder), Joe McCarthy (ankle), Cormac Foley (hamstring), Martin Moloney (knee) and Charlie Ngatai (hamstring)”

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