Belfast Telegraph

Sexton played in third Lions test with a broken wrist


ByRuaidhri O'Connor

Scans have revealed the extent to which Johnny Sexton bravely battled through the pain barrier during the Lions' third Test draw against New Zealand two weeks ago.

The Irish out-half came into the game with a fractured wrist, suffered in the second Test win in Wellington, before rupturing a tendon in his ankle during the opening half of the decider in Auckland.

Sexton damaged his wrist in the second half of the famous second Test victory over the All Blacks, but strapped it up for the series decider. After the 17-all draw, he underwent scans that revealed a broken bone in his arm.

Despite his injuries, the 31-year-old played on before being withdrawn with seven minutes of the final Test remaining having led the tourists' comeback against the world champions as they secured a famous draw.

His wrist is currently in a splint but his ankle does not require surgery.

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