Sexton to take a sabbatical?

Date published: November 28 2016

Leinster backs coach Girvan Dempsey says that a rest period for star fly-half Jonathan Sexton is definitely on the cards.

Sexton has been plagued by injuries this year and the Leinster coach believes the pivot might need a rest to prolong his career and that a discussion will need to take place.

"I think it’s certainly something to discuss. No matter who it is, Johnny or any player in your care, you want to make sure they’re well looked after. And if that’s the best thing, then that’s the best thing," Dempsey told

"Ultimately, we feel he’s very diligent in terms of working through his rehab programme – he goes through that this week – he’s pretty good at getting back on the field. But we’ll look at all the stats, all the data, look at his GPS, his workload, look at everything and make the call."

In the mean time Girvan Dempsey says he hoping that Sexton will be ready to play the Northampton Saints on December 9.

"At this moment in time, we’d be hopeful (that Sexton will face Northampton). It depends on how he goes during the week," he said.

"There’s a certain list of criteria he has to do in terms of making sure his hamstring is strong enough: his running volume, low intensity up to high speed metres, change of direction, decent kicking and stuff like that.

"Once he ticks all those boxes, he’s back on the field, starts running around and then he’s available for selection."