Saturday 14 December 2019

French rugby paper takes aim at Jonathan Sexton and Ian Madigan with insulting headline

Ian Madigan and Jonathan Sexton were the subject of an article in Midi Olympique today
Ian Madigan and Jonathan Sexton were the subject of an article in Midi Olympique today Newsdesk Newsdesk

Renowned French rugby magazine Midi Olympique has taken a swipe at Ireland outhalves Jonathan Sexton and Ian Madigan ahead of our meeting with Les Bleus on Saturday afternoon.

Under a headline which reads: 'Two Egos for only one position', the paper goes through the selection choice between Sexton and Madigan at both Leinster and Ireland and refers to previous selection dilemmas posed by Tony Ward and Ollie Campbell in the 80s and Sexton and Ronan O'Gara in the late noughties.

Although it appears to be a simple feature piece and who should operate at 10 for Ireland, the headline is harsh and it is not the first time that the paper has had a go at Sexton.

After Leinster's 24-9 defeat to Toulon in France back in December, the media outlet were heavily critical of Sexton's performance.

"Sexton, the idol of Ireland, who returned home, yesterday played as he often did during his time at Racing 92: transparent, making multiple poor decisions. Visibly, completely out of touch, he symbolises the impotence of his club," they wrote.

Today's piece also refers to an interview with Sexton's former coach at Racing 92 Laurent Labit who referred to Sexton as the 'Zlatan of rugby'.

Sexton is expected to be fit for the Stade de France clash this weekend after enduring another head injury in yesterday's 16-all draw with Wales.

Madigan replaced Sexton late on and will be hoping to get a chance to impress the fans of Bordeaux-Begles this weekend ahead of his move theie next season.

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