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Ireland’s Sexton suffering whiplash

AFP-JIJI

Ireland boss Joe Schmidt has revealed that fly-half Johnny Sexton suffered a whiplash injury to his neck and shoulder in Ireland’s 10-9 Six Nations defeat against France.

Sexton appeared dazed as he left the Stade de France field after several questionable hits on Saturday, raising fears that he had sustained another concussion.

The 30-year-old was stood down for 12 weeks in late 2014 owing to four concussions inside 12 months, and has had several further head-injury concerns since.

But Schmidt has moved to downplay any concussion fears.

“Johnny Sexton, with his neck and shoulder, it’s more of a whiplash injury,” Schmidt said on Monday.

“He is certainly feeling a lot better, 48 hours post-game.”