Johnny Sexton Responds To Criticism Over His Reaction To Being Replaced Last Night

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

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Jason Hennessy

Disappointed.

Ireland captain Johnny Seton has defended his reaction to being replaced late on in last night’s defeat to France in Paris.

The Leinster out-half made it very clear he was not happy to be coming off in the 68th minute, shaking his head and giving the coaching box a stern look, with many referring his actions to that of a petulant child.

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It looked as if he was questioning the coaching staff’s decision and that he had no fate in provincial teammate Ross Byrne to come on and have an impact as Ireland chased the game.

Speaking after the game, Sexton said:

“Yeah, I was very disappointed coming off, like everyone would be.

“You’re losing the game and you’re coming off… so, what would you like me to be doing when I’m coming off the pitch?

“Disappointment that we didn’t win the game. We were 28-20 down with 11, 12 minutes to go and we had a five-metre lineout that we needed to capitalise on.

“They are things that you look back on with regret.”

What do you think of the skipper’s reaction last night?