Jonathan Sexton came into this year’s Lions tour on the back of a disappointing end to the season with Leinster which saw the Irish out-half uncharacteristically out of form.
The lack of form continued into the series when he put in an indifferent display against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians. However, the Dubliner played better after every successive appearance in the red jersey and eventually formed a formed a formidable partnership with Owen Farrell in the second and third Tests to help the Lions to a memorable series draw.
His commitment to the cause cannot be understated as revealed by a report in the Irish Independent. According to the report, Sexton fractured his wrist in the second half of the second Test victory over the All Blacks. However, he had his wrist strapped up for the final Test in Auckland.
In addition to this, in the third and final Test, Sexton suffered an ankle injury in the first half which subsequently revealed to be a ruptured tendon. He played on during that game before being withdrawn in the second half.
Thankfully for Sexton and Ireland, these injuries should not keep him out of the game for too long. The ankle injury he sustained does not require surgery while his wrist, which is currently in a splint, is expected to heal in time for his return to pre season training for the eastern province.
This will be a huge boost to Leo Cullen as the Leinster head coach will be without Garry Ringrose and Robbie Henshaw for the start of the campaign. The extent and seriousness of Sean O’Brien’s shoulder injury remain unknown.