Saturday 22 October 2016

POLL: Should Johnny Sexton consider retirement following a series of head injuries?

Published 25/01/2016 | 14:29

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

Do you agree with Irish Independent columnist George Hook that Ireland and Leinster out-half should consider retirement following a head injury at the weekend?

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Thankfully Leinster today confirmed that the 30-year-old passed the HIA assessment during Saturday's heavy Champions Cup defeat to Wasps but medics did not allow him to return to the pitch.

It now appears that Sexton did not suffer concussion and should be fit for Ireland's RBS Six Nations opener against Wales on February.

Sexton was sidelined for 12 weeks last season for a succession of head injuries.

Writing today in his Irish Independent column, Hook wrote: "Sexton's history in this area is deeply worrying for everybody concerned about the well-being of this young man."

"The latest brain injury could be career-defining for Ireland's No 10 and will not easily be overlooked by him passing 'the protocols'.

"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."

Do you agree with George Hook?

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