The Latest On The Fitness Of Peter O’Mahony, Bundee Aki and Johnny Sexton

On the mend.

Ireland outhalf Johnny Sexton suffered a bang to his thigh early on in Ireland’s 27-3 World Cup win over Scotland on Sunday, resulting in Conor Murray taking over kicking duties before he was removed early in the second half.

But it’s nothing too serious for the 2018 World Player of the Year, with Ireland confirming the decision to remove Sexton was “tactical”.

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“Johnny Sexton suffered a bang on his thigh after 20 minutes and had an awareness of it, but he was removed tactically,” said an Irish spokesperson.

Meanwhile, Ireland have confirmed that Peter O’Mahony and Bundee Aki passed their HIA2, having failed their respective HIA1s when removed on Saturday. Having passed HIA2, both O’Mahony and Aki will undergo HIA3 this afternoon.

Ireland said that if both players pass HIA3 today, they could return to full training tomorrow, meaning they would be fit for Saturday’s clash with Japan. But with a six-day turnaround, it’s highly likely both will be rested.