Thursday 19 October 2017

'I'm so proud of my Lion King Jonny'

Sexton's mum just thrilled try-scorer didn't get hurt

Jonny Sexton in party mood as he puts his arm around actor Daniel Craig following the Lions’ victory
Jonny Sexton in party mood as he puts his arm around actor Daniel Craig following the Lions’ victory
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

CLARE Sexton is just like any other Irish Mammy.

Despite watching her son seal the series for the Lions against Australia over the weekend, the biggest concern for Jonny's proud Mum was her son's safety in a ferocious series Down Under.

Clare told the Irish Independent it was an emotional moment watching her 27-year-old son score the decisive try in Sydney against Australia on Saturday, and "thankfully he's fine".

"It was just fantastic – we were all shouting and roaring, kissing and hugging. It's unbelievable," she said.

The Sexton family did not join the thousands of travelling tourists Down Under, due to preparations for Jonny's wedding to long-term partner Laura Priestley this Friday, butwatched the game at home.

"We got such pleasure out of the tournament, even though we couldn't go out to Australia. The phone didn't stop ringing all day, as soon as the match kicked off, but especially because of Jonathan's try too," said Clare, who owns a hair salon in Rathgar, Dublin.

"When he called us afterwards you could tell he was just on such a high. He was so excited, over the moon.

"This is the pinnacle of his career, you can't go any higher, or get any better. It honestly was a dream come true for him and I'm delighted for him."

Clare said that it was worrying as a parent to see so many of the travelling players, such as Paul O'Connell, sustain injuries as the series progressed.

"When it was coming to the last match, I was more concerned about his safety than anything else. It was a ferocious tournament and there were some savage injuries, on both sides, so you do get a bit nervous for him, you can't help it. But thankfully he's fine and everything worked out so well," she said.

Speaking after the gamethe out-half told of how much the victory meant to him. He said the team-mates wanted to secure the win "for Brian".

"I was so disappointed for him. I felt like I had been dropped myself. We wanted to win it for him and send him off in the best way possible," he said.

Irish Independent

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