Friday 20 April 2018

Sexton to sit out Racing clash as Murray plays down Grand Slam talk

While Conor Murray admitted the prospect of a Grand Slam is a tantalising prospect, he says the squad will do their best not to get carried away.
While Conor Murray admitted the prospect of a Grand Slam is a tantalising prospect, he says the squad will do their best not to get carried away.
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Johnny Sexton will not play for Racing Metro against Grenoble next Saturday as he nurses the hamstring injury he suffered during Ireland's win over England last Sunday.

The fly-half is expected to be left out of the Top 14 side's squad for their home game despite returning to France and Joe Schmidt will be hoping he recovers in time to take on Wales in Cardiff in eight day s time.

Schmidt assembles his Ireland squad in Belfast today for a two-day camp to plan for the clash against a resurgent Wales side.

And while Conor Murray admitted the prospect of a Grand Slam is a tantalising prospect, he says the squad will do their best not to get carried away.

"We are in control of our own destiny, which is a nice place to be," he said. "A Grand Slam would be amazing, a Championship would be fantastic in my eyes too.

"I know it's going to be the topic of discussion outside (the squad), Grand Slams and Championships, but I know how difficult it's going to be to go to Wales against them. Their tails are up and they're still in this competition. It's such a big challenge, I'm looking forward to that week."

Meanwhile, the 2014 Irish player of the year Andrew Trimble has penned a two-year contract with the IRFU that will keep the winger at Ulster until 2017.

France will have to do without Pascal Pape for the remainder of the Six Nations after his appeal to have his 10-week ban for kneeing Jamie Heaslip reduced was rejected. Ulster's Luke Marshall and Roger Wilson and Leinster's Ben Te'o were cited yesterday for incidents in last weekend's Pro12.

Irish Independent

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