Ireland's Sexton out of France Six Nations match | Daily News

Ireland's Sexton out of France Six Nations match

Dublin, Friday: Ireland captain Johnny Sexton has been left out of Sunday's must-win game against Six Nations favourites France in Dublin after suffering a blow to the head against Wales last week.

Fly-half Sexton, 35, failed to pass the return-to-play protocols after the incident in the 21-16 defeat in Cardiff on the opening weekend of the tournament.

The skipper's long-standing half-back partner Conor Murray will also be absent with a hamstring injury he picked up in training this week.

It will be the first time since 2011 that neither player has been present for a Six Nations match.

Ulster's Billy Burns will deputise in the number 10 jersey, while New Zealand-born Jamison Gibson-Park has replaced Murray at scrum-half. - AFP