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It’s time to fret about Johnny Sexton again. On another generally positive weekend for Irish rugby, the Leinster captain extended and twisted his knee nastily in a slightly late tackle by the Northampton centre Matt Proctor.
Sexton immediately went for a scan, and Leinster are expected to reveal the extent of his injury at their weekly media briefing today. A leading candidate to succeed Rory Best as national captain, the results of the scan could have implications for both Leinster and Ireland, whose opening Six Nations game at home to Scotland on February 1st is eight weeks away.
In the interim, Leinster host Northampton in their marquee Christmas game next Saturday at the Aviva Stadium and have three Pro14 derbies before their final two Heineken Champions Cup games at home to Lyon and away to Benetton.
Aside from Ross Byrne, Leinster’s only other outhalves are his brother Harry (one of five Byrnes registered in their European squad) and Ciarán Frawley, neither of whom have played in the competition.
But polishing new gems is the Leinster way.
“The two of them are really progressing well,” said Leo Cullen in the aftermath of Leinster’s handsome 43-16 win against Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday. “They’re only 20 and 22 so they are just trying to add little bits of experience. Frawls was unlucky to get injured over here in pre-season and be out for a decent chunk. B
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