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Autumn Nations Cup: Sexton and Henshaw out of England v Ireland – The Guardian

Autumn Nations Cup: Sexton and Henshaw out of England v Ireland – The Guardian

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup clash with England following a scan on a hamstring injury.

Sexton limped off in the first half of Friday’s 32-9 win over Wales. Centre Robbie Henshaw, a Leinster teammate of Sexton who sustained an abductor strain against Wayne Pivac’s side, is also not available for the game at Twickenham.

In a statement, the IRFU said: “Johnny Sexton has had a scan on the hamstring that forced his removal from the game on Friday night and has been ruled out of this week’s fixture against England,. Robbie Henshaw picked up an abductor strain and is also ruled out of this week’s game.”

Andy Farrell, Ireland’s head coach, has a potential selection dilemma for the No 10 jersey going into the game against Eddie Jones’s men as, in addition to Sexton’s absence, understudy Billy Burns is undergoing a head injury assessment. Scrum-half Conor Murray finished Friday’s game at fly-half after the enforced withdrawals of Sexton and Burns.

Lock Iain Henderson has returned to training after being absent due to an unspecified medical issue, while back Jacob Stockdale will continue rehab on his calf problem with a view to resuming training later in the week.

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