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Playing Johnny Sexton in next Saturday's test sends out all the wrong messages

Ruaidhri O'Connor


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Ireland's Jonathan Sexton reacts after he was replaced in the opening test defeat to New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland's Jonathan Sexton reacts after he was replaced in the opening test defeat to New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland's Jonathan Sexton reacts after he was replaced in the opening test defeat to New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The whole house of cards is built on one set of shoulders.

Ireland are looking to get Johnny Sexton through the concussion protocols in time for next Saturday’s second Test against New Zealand and that speaks volumes for their reliance on their captain who turns 37 this month and their lack of faith in his understudies.


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