Sunday 25 February 2018

George Hook: 'Johnny Sexton needs to go talk to his wife and parents'

Jonathan Sexton left the fray with a recurrence of the neck problem he suffered against Wales. Photo: Sportsfile
Jonathan Sexton left the fray with a recurrence of the neck problem he suffered against Wales. Photo: Sportsfile
Jonathan Sexton, Ireland, receives treatment from team doctor Dr. Jim McShane, left, and team physio James Allen. Photo: Sportsfile
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

George Hook insists he will be 'angry' if Johnny Sexton takes to the field for Ireland's next Six Nations clash against England in Twickenham at the end of the month.

Hook has been very outspoken in his belief that Sexton should retire from the game following a succession of head injuries. Sexton was withdrawn once more following a knock on Saturday after 69 minutes and Hook has called on the number 10 to take time out.

"I will be so angry if Sexton plays (against England). He should go away and rest. Johnny Sexton should talk to his wife and parents," said Hook, speaking on's live Six Nations panel discussion on Saturday.

Before Saturday's match, Hook predicted that Sexton would not last the full 80 minutes and called on the IRFU to reveal exactly what injury he sustained against Wales in the Aviva Stadium.

"Within an hour after the Wales match ending Joe Schmidt said Johnny Sexton would be fit for the France match. Joe Schmidt is a coach not a doctor so how did he know," said Hook.

"During the week, Richie Murphy came out and said Sexton had a shoulder injury. Johnny Sexton came out himself at the end of the week and said he received a bang to the head which had compressed his neck – and he is playing six days after that."

Meanwhile, Hook pointed the finger of blame for Ireland's loss at Joe Schmidt's style of play.

"The problem for this Ireland team is that this coach has ready made excuses. We lost to Argentina because of injuries, we lost to Wales because of injuries and now we lost to France," said Hook.

"It is the worst game plan I have ever seen. I have doubts about this coach and always have. The question must now be asked – are the Irish public prepared to put up with watching rugby like that?"

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