Tuesday 26 September 2017

Murray eases Sexton fitness fears ahead of Top 14 clash

Jonathan Sexton
Jonathan Sexton
David Kelly

David Kelly

Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray says Jonathan Sexton can look after himself as the out-half was last night named in the Racing Metro side to face Clermont in this evening's mammoth Top 14 clash.

Sexton (pictured) only returned to action last week against France after four concussion episodes and he received a number of head knocks in the game, albeit none were adjudged concussive.

Murray, who admitted he played on for few minutes against Australia last year despite being concussed, is confident Sexton can emerge unscathed.

"You'd be a little bit anxious any time one of your big players goes off to their club and plays," conceded Munster man Murray.

"But I'm sure Johnny will look after himself and come back. He said it himself, he needs more game time and people are asking how is head is, his head is fine, it was just a cut over the eye.

"He did all his tests and they are completely fine. I know there has been hype around concussion at the moment but all you can do is do your tests and he came through those with flying colours, so he should be good to go."

Murray recalls being concussed at schools level and also referred to his Australian concussion.

"The majority of the players want to stay on because they will think they're fine," he said.

"Unless you get knocked out completely, you just think it's another bang on the head and, like me against Australia, you don't notice it until you see the incident after the game."

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