Sexton sidelined with concussion

British & Irish Lion Jonathan Sexton has been ruled out of action until February as the fly-half recovers from a string of concussions. [more]

Sexton sidelined with concussion

British & Irish Lion Jonathan Sexton has been ruled out of action until February as the fly-half recovers from a string of concussions.

Sexton, 29, has been medically banned from playing for a 12-week period as a result of World Rugby and Ligue Nationale de Rugby concussion protocol, which states that any player suffering four concussions in a year are to sit out for that length of time.

His latest clash of heads came in a collision with Rob Kearney during Ireland’s victory over Australia last month.

Ireland’s first Six Nations match is with Italy is on February 7 and Sexton cannot be cleared to return to contact training before February 8 – just days before Joe Schmidt’s men take on France.

“It is most unfortunate and I feel bad for the club,” said Sexton, who started all three Tests for the victorious 2013 Lions.

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“But I’m still not feeling 100 per cent and with injuries like this it’s not worth taking any risks.

“But I’ll make sure I come back better than ever, and hopefully make up for lost time when I’m fit to do so.”

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