The prolific kicker claims that he had phone calls cut short twice this afternoon whilst looking for information about a Covid Travel Certificate Ireland rugby star Johnny Sexton fumed this afternoon after he claiming he had calls abruptly cut short whilst on the phone to a Covid information helpline on two separate occasions.
You had to be quite careful: Rory Best opens up on captaining Ireland as NI Protestant, from Ian Paisley impressions to photos at Celtic Park
Johnny Sexton pulled out his smartphone for an opportunity he just could not resist. “His boyhood dream has finally come true”, Sexton typed over an instagram video, with Rory Best wearing an awkward smile. The venue for the ribbing was Celtic Park in Glasgow, at the launch of that season’s PRO14 final which was to be held at the home of the Hoops.
#1. Jonny May (England) Since controversially missing out on the 2017 tour, the speedster has had an exceptional four years, scoring 25 tries in that time and becoming England’s second-highest try scorer. However, it is England teammate Jack Nowell who is believed to be on Gatland’s standby list.
The scrum-half played alongside Sexton early in his career – and then more recently at Test level John Cooney admits he found it difficult to play alongside Johnny Sexton when they were together at Leinster. The scrum-half played alongside Sexton early in his career – and then more recently at Test level.
Johnny Sexton continues to be left out of the Lions squad after Warren Gatland called up Marcus Smith as a replacement for Finn Russell in South Africa. An Achilles injury looks set to end Russell’s chances of playing in the Test series and while he remains in the camp for now, Smith’s arrival has seen the Harlequins youngster shoot up the pecking order.
#2. Billy Burns (Ireland) & Freddie Burns (England) Billy made his debut for Ireland as a replacement for Johnny Sexton against Wales during the Autumn Nations Cup in 2020. Older brother Freddie, who rejoins Leicester Tigers this summer, won 5 caps for England between 2012 and 2014.
Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has admitted he was left bemused by the Lions’ decision to overlook Johnny Sexton as injury cover for the stricken Finn Russell. Although Farrell opted to rest Sexton for the summer Tests against Japan and the USA, he confirmed that the Ireland captain was fully fit and that Lions boss Warren Gatland was aware of the situation.
Stand-in captain James Ryan says Ireland’s players are determined to sign off for the summer in style by producing their best performance of the season. The Irish will complete an unprecedented campaign played entirely amid a global pandemic against the United States on Saturday evening in front of around 6,000 supporters in Dublin.
Controversial personality Piers Morgan has picked his all-time British & Irish Lions XV – and fans are not happy his selection. There are some notable omissions, including England trio Lawrence Dallaglio, Jason Robinson, Jonny Wilkinson along with Lions legends Paul O’Connell, Johnny Sexton and Adam Jones.
The all-important midfield conundrum sums up the selection headaches awaiting Warren Gatland ahead of the Test series against South Africa The countdown is quickening. Just four more tour matches remain until the British and Irish Lions are due to begin what should be a compelling series against the Springboks.
Ryan led the Irish team to victory over Japan in Dublin on Saturday. Stand-in Ireland captain James Ryan hopes to shake off the lingering injury issues that have affected him in recent months once he completes his international duties next weekend. The Leinster lock was a doubt for Saturday afternoon’s hard-fought 39-31 Test victory over Japan because of an adductor problem that seemed to scupper a place of linking up with the British and Irish Lions in South Africa.
Stand-in Ireland captain James Ryan hopes to shake off the lingering injury issues that have affected him in recent months once he completes his international duties next weekend. The Leinster lock was a doubt for Saturday afternoon's hard-fought 39-31 Test victory over Japan because of an adductor problem that seemed to scupper a place of linking up with the British and Irish Lions in South Africa.
#3. Johnny Sexton What they said: “Jonathan Sex’Robot, as Squidge Rugby lovingly refers to him, is a serial diving offender with notable instances against Scotland, England and Wales throughout the last few years.” Our verdict: Not convinced. The Ireland fly-half is smashed regularly and there aren’t any clear examples of him diving.
2021: Johnny Sexton (Ireland) It always seemed as though the final fly-half spot was going to come down to either Finn Russell or Sexton. As it turned out, it was the Scottish playmaker who got the nod. Gregor Townsend’s connection with Russell and doubts over Sexton’s fitness hardly make this a surprise, but the two-time Lions tourist would likely still have backed himself to earn himself a spot.
The pair were team-mates in Australia in 2013 when the Irishman chose to dish out one of his legendary training-ground reprimands The possibility is that Johnny Sexton hadn’t seen the video footage. It’s on YouTube, of Richard Hibbard involved in a dust-up with two South African forwards.
Sexton, who turns 36 next month, will have to wait until at least the autumn to claim a 100th Ireland cap. Andy Farrell believes Johnny Sexton will benefit from not being involved in Ireland’s summer Tests and hopes his captain will return from the rest with the “fire burning rapidly”.