Sexton absent against France?
To receive France on Saturday afternoon during the 2nd day of the 6 Nations Tournament, Ireland already knows that it will have to do without Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy and Jamison Gibson-Park. Jonathan Sexton could also be absent.
Change of weather on the side of Ireland. While a ray of sunshine has shone on Dublin since the very fine and wide victory (34-10) of this first weekend of the 6 Nations Tournament, the good weather has given way to the grayness on Monday. To receive the XV of France, defending champion and who also won during this 1st day, Sunday against Italy in Rome (29-24), Ireland, first leader of this edition, could indeed be deprived of four players, and not the least.
For the moment, only three size packages have been revealed by the management of the XV of Clover. However, a fourth player could very quickly be added to the list. Jonathan Sexton, who returned to the field on Saturday in Cardiff after having surgery on a cheekbone, is indeed uncertain for this shock against the Blues of Fabien Galthié. Ireland’s star flyhalf was released on a leg injury (crutch) on Saturday against the Welsh. However, the doctor for this match between Wales and Ireland felt that a concussion protocol was necessary.
Healy still absent
Sexton having already successfully passed the first of the two phases to have if he can play on Saturday against the French, the Irish coach Andy Farrell was optimistic on Monday about the chances of seeing the Leinster player on the lawn on Saturday: “He should be with us. This will not be the case, however, for right prop Tadhg Furlong or scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park and Cian Healy. The first two, who are part of the base men of the XV of Farell, had to give up due to respective injuries to a calf and at the level of the hamstrings. As for the left pillar Healy, who is not part of the holders, he hoped to resume competition during this match against France after having already missed the first meeting last Saturday in Cardiff , again due to a problem with the hamstrings. This will not be the case.