Irish captain Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup clash with England following a scan for a hamstring injury.Sexton limped in the first half of Friday’s 32-9 win over Wales. Center Robbie Henshaw, a Leinster teammate of Sexton who suffered a kidnapper strain against Wayne Pivac’s side, is also not available for the game at Twickenham.
In a statement, the IRFU said: “Johnny Sexton underwent a hamstring scan which forced his withdrawal from the game on Friday night and was excluded from this week’s game against England. Robbie Henshaw has caught a kidnapper strain and is also excluded from this week’s game.
Ireland’s head coach Andy Farrell has a potential selection dilemma for the No.10 shirt ahead of Eddie Jones’ men’s game because, in addition to Sexton’s absence, Billy Burns double undergoes a head injury assessment. Scrum-half Conor Murray finished Friday’s match in the semifinals after Sexton and Burns forced withdrawals.
Lock Iain Henderson has returned to training after being absent due to an unspecified medical issue, while Jacob Stockdale will continue his rehabilitation on his calf issue with a view to returning to training later in the week.