Thursday 8 December 2016

WATCH - Joe Schmidt offers a very funny explanation for Johnny Sexton's recurring hamstring woes

Published 20/11/2016 | 12:54

Jonathan Sexton, left, is set for time out
Jonathan Sexton, left, is set for time out

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt believes Johnny Sexton's hamstring injuries could be down to his 'skinny legs'.

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The influential flyhalf replaced by Paddy Jackson after just 18 minutes of Ireland's 21-9 defeat to the All Blacks last night at the Aviva.

He wasn't the only Irish player to be forced from the field with Rob Kearney, Robbie Henshaw and CJ Stander having to undergo Head Injury Assessments.

On Sexton's injury, Schmist said: "It looks like Johnny Sexton has a hamstring issue, so we'll find out in the next couple of days what chance he has of being available for next weekend.

“It’s his other hamstring. So it’s not the previously-injured hamstring, it was the other one. I think having time out of the game won’t necessarily solve that.

"He has got fairly skinny legs, we could put a bit more meat on them maybe, and that might help.

“It’s one of those unfortunate things on the day. He warmed up well, he felt good before the game, I thought he started well in the game and it was disappointing to lose him.

"But I don’t think putting him out of the game for a prolonged period is the solution.

“We’ll get it assessed and whether he’s available next week or not will be determined by the medical staff, who we have a lot of faith in.”

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