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Johnny Sexton admits 'it's hard to stay motivated' in lockdown


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Johnny Sexton. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Johnny Sexton. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Johnny Sexton. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Johnny Sexton admits he is finding motivation tough during the lockdown.

The Leinster and Ireland captain last played in the Six Nations loss to England in February and has been training alone like his team-mates during the Covid-19 crisis.

The IRFU had hoped to bring players back to team training yesterday, but that plan was deferred when the Government announced that rugby would be part of Phase Five of their roadmap out of the current restrictions.

Currently, that means the sport can be played after August 10 but the IRFU hope they can get their players back training before then so they can start playing matches as soon as possible. Sexton says the uncertainty has made training difficult.

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"Yeah it is and you have to be honest there, you go through ups and downs, you know what I mean?" he said during an Instagram Live interview for Laya Healthcare.

"You hear some good news and you're motivated, you're thinking, 'we're back to training next month and I'm going to come back in great shape'. Then you get a setback and you're not coming back for another couple of weeks after that then and you get down on yourself.

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"But the season's just suspended. We've got the end of the Six Nations to finish, we've got the European Cup and the PRO14 to finish, so a lot of things to stay motivated for.

"But again, it's hard to be motivated all the time, you've just got to find ways to get over those little lapses. In terms of the training, it's easy to get out and do your fitness, out on the road or in the park, find a field somewhere.

One of Sexton's primary roles is goal-kicking and he's had to be innovative to find a way to practice.

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"It's a challenge because there's not a lot of pitches that are open," he said. "I've been down in Dodder Park some mornings, practising, kicking the balls into the trees.

"Luca (his son) came down with me, you figure out ways....Luca fetched them for a while then downed tools and wanted to go home!"


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