Johnny Sexton to be assessed in Irish training camp next week

Johnny Sexton was replaced in the 54th minute
Johnny Sexton was replaced in the 54th minute
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Leinster head coach Leo Cullen played down concerns about over Johnny Sexton's withdrawal during the recently concluded Pro14 game against Munster.

Sexton, who kicked two penalties in the opening half was forced to leave the field in the 54th minute on what looked a recurrence of hamstring injury.

Nevertheless, Cullen said the move to withdraw the 35-year-old was 'precautionary'.

“It was precautionary,” said the Leinster head coach. “He’ll be in Irish camp next week so he’ll be assessed.”

Leinster were trailing 6-10 in the game before they seized the decisive moment in the 69th minute when Jordan Larmour dotted down followed by a conversion from Sexton's replacement Ross Byrne to seal a thrilling 10-13 win.

"We were very, very slow at the start, from our end there were lots of parts of our performance that weren't great now," added Cullen.

"I don't know if it was the snow we saw when we arrived, but when we kicked off it had stopped!

"We were 10-0 down with a mountain to climb but even though there were parts of it we didn't deal with very well, either side of half-time we had a lot of pressure when we got turned over at the breakdown when we had pick-and-go opportunities near their tryline.”

Meanwhile, Ireland head coach Andy Farrell is set to name the squad for the Six Nations on Monday.

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