Henshaw and Sexton ruled out of Australia Test with injury

Henshaw has returned home after a meeting with Ireland’s medical team today.

IRELAND WILL BE without Robbie Henshaw and Jonathan Sexton for this weekend’s final November Test against Australia.

CJ Stander, Robbie Henshaw and Jack McGrath watch from the bench Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Henshaw was taken off on a stretcher after an 11th minute hit from Sam Cane – who was subsequently cited for the incident – in the 21 – 9 home defeat to New Zealand and has returned home from Ireland’s Carton House base.

Sexton followed Henshaw down the tunnel in the first half with a fresh hamstring injury on Saturday.

“One to two weeks maybe,” team manager Mick Kearney said when asked how soon the Leinster out-half could return to action, a timeframe that could see Sexton back in time for Leinster’s Champions Cup trip to Northampton.

“We don’t think it’s too bad. It’ll certainly keep him out this weekend, but the expectation is  that it may not be much longer than that.”

CJ Stander, Rob Kearney (both concussion) and Simon Zebo (cramp) were also on the list of wounded post-match. The two head injuries are currently going through return to play protocols in the hope of being passed fit later this week, while Zebo is expected to resume full training on Thursday at the latest.

Johnny Sexton reacts as Beauden Barrett scores a try 19/11//2016 Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Kearney added that Henshaw was still “groggy” in the dressing room post-match having been “unconscious before he hit the ground” following the blow to his jaw. Head coach Joe Schmidt has called in centres Stuart Olding and Rory Scannell from Ulster and Munster respectively as cover.

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