Sunday 11 December 2016

IRFU have positive news on Johnny Sexton while Connacht star Finlay Bealham is called into squad

Published 25/01/2016 | 12:47

Jonathan Sexton
Jonathan Sexton
Marty Moore

The IRFU have confirmed that flyhalf Jonathan Sexton has passed initial head injury assessments which means there should be no danger of him missing the Six nations opener against Wales.

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It now appears that Sexton did not suffer concussion with a statement from the IRFU reading: "Johnny Sexton has passed HIA 1, HIA 2 and will complete HIA 3 tomorrow."

Earlier today, Leinster also confirmed that Sexton did not suffer concussion.

There was serious concerns for Sexton, who was sidelined for 12 weeks last season for a succession of head injuries, after he was substituted in the first half of Leinster's humiliating 51-10 defeat at the hands of Wasps following a head-to-head collision with former team mate Brendan Macken.

Meanwhile, there was bad news for Leinster prop Marty Moore who will not play any part in this year's Six Nations after suffering a hamstring injury in the province's humiliating 51-10 defeat at the hands of Wasps in the Champions Cup.

The 24-year-old suffered a hamstring tear that will keep him out of action for 6-8 weeks and Connacht's Finlay Bealham has been brought into the squad to replace Moore.

The 24-year-old Australian-born prop qualifies for Ireland through his grandmother and made his Connacht debut in February 2014 against Zebre and has featured in all of Connacht’s 18 games this season

Bealham represented Ireland at Under-20’s level in the 2011 U20 6 Nations and World Championship.

Last summer, the front rower, who can play on both sides of the scrum, was one of eight Connacht players to travel to Georgia as part of the Emerging Ireland tour.

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