Sunday 11 December 2016

Close to 70pc of Independent.ie readers believe Jonathan Sexton should retire following latest head injury

Tom Rooney

Published 26/01/2016 | 19:37

Johnny Sexton after suffering a head injury with Ireland
Johnny Sexton after suffering a head injury with Ireland

The results of poll conducted by Independent.ie show that the vast majority of those who took part believe Ireland out-half Jonathan Sexton should step away from the game before he sustains further head injury.

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Sexton lasted just nine minutes of Leinster’s crushing Champions Cup defeat at the hands of Wasps on Saturday before being withdrawn with the latest in a long line of head injuries. At the time, the injury cast his involvement with Ireland for the forthcoming Six Nations campaign into serious doubt.

It was briefly a case of deja vu, given Sexton did not play for 12 weeks prior to last year’s Six Nations when it was revealed that he had suffered four concussions while on duty for then club Racing Metro.

However, on Sunday, the IRFU confirmed that Sexton had passed all Initial Head Injury Assessments and, despite initial worries, the 30-year-old had not incurred a concussion against the Premiership outfit.

On Monday, Irish Independent columnist George Hook claimed that Sexton’s history with concussion and head injuries was extensive enough for him to potentially call time on his playing career.

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George Hook: Johnny Sexton should think about quitting before it's too late  

“What price is the 30-year-old prepared to put on his future health? How many more blows to the head is he prepared to take in the name of professional sport?

“Maybe it's time he gave serious consideration to cashing in his insurance policy and leaving rugby with his faculties still intact,” Hook wrote.

Independent.ie decided to ask its readers whether or not they agreed with George Hook. The poll showed that 69pc of the 4,723 readers who part were on the side of the outspoken pundit.

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