# Jonathan Sexton

This year
# Class Act
Praise for Harry Byrne after impressive display in Leinster win
The star has struggled with injury problems in recent times.
# Silver lining
'It’s an opportunity for someone to step up' - Leinster assistant on Sexton setback
Robin McBryde is optimistic the province can remain a potent force in the star’s absence.
All time
# Picture perfect
Ireland players pragmatic as they chase the space in attack
‘The hard part in international rugby is creating the chances and we’ve done that.’
# Rugby
Sexton 'shocked and saddened' by French doctor's 'totally inappropriate' concussion comments
The neurologist who recommended Sexton be stood down from rugby in 2014 today said he regretted suggesting the out-half has suffered 30 concussions.
# test mode
Sexton settled into Ireland rhythm and ready to duel France
The skipper feels improvements in training as he looks forward to a return to Paris.
# thrill of the chase
'Under Joe, there was no hoping': O'Gara wants more from Ireland's contestable kicks
The La Rochelle boss was disappointed with the chase on Jacob Stockdale’s side of the field against Scotland.
Farrell hails 'magnificent effort' from Sexton to perform despite minimal prep
A knee injury left the new Ireland captain unable to train in full until the squad went to Portugal 10 days ago.
# Kicking On
Sexton 'progressing well' on return from knee injury
The out-half went for a second visit to his specialist over the Christmas period and appears on course to feature for Ireland in February.
# Man Down
Leinster rule Sexton out of Aviva date with Saints due to knee injury
The captain had to be helped from the field early in the second half of the win in Franklin’s Gardens.
Ireland v Samoa, Rugby World Cup
Typhoon in Japan, but Ireland’s final pool match is going ahead in Fukuoka and we’ll bring you minute-by-minute updates as Schmidt’s men chase a bonus point.
# irreplaceable
'He sees things unfold': Farrell underlines Sexton's importance to Ireland
The 10′s experience and the role he plays for Schmidt has made him invaluable for Ireland’s hopes.
# Onward
'Celebrations turned to shrieks' - Remembering the drama as Ireland sealed back-to-back Six Nations titles
2015 witnessed Joe Schmidt’s men secure a second championship thanks to their record win in Murrayfield on the final day.
Johnny Sexton named RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year
He was integral to a record-breaking year for Leinster, as well as Ireland’s unprecedented success – including a Grand Slam and home victory over the All Blacks.
# standard bearer
World Player of the Year prize would be fitting reward for Sexton's incredible 2018
‘Where he stands out above a lot of the other players is his ability to see things on the pitch and pick the right options.’
# Perfect 10
Master of his craft Sexton on the verge of greatest season yet
Leinster’s playmaker-in-chief is relentless in the pursuit of perfection and a first medal with his native province since 2013.
# hard work
Sexton skill a prime example of endless practice making perfect, says Murphy
‘I can think of hundreds of drop-goals being hit after practice,’ says the Ireland skills and kicking coach.
# Team news
Sexton returns to captain Leinster as Connacht make 3 changes
With his side in the middle of a hectic schedule, Leo Cullen has retained just two players from the starting XV that overcame Munster.
# johnny be good
Sexton 'up and around by half-time' lending a helping hand to Ross Byrne after HIA
The out-half failed his own HIA and had to watch the majority of the win over Exeter from the stands.
# dynamic duo
'He still finds stuff to give out to me about, that's just Johnny' -- Conor Murray
The world’s best half-backs get on like a house on fire.
# Lovely Hurling
'It's five years since I played in Croke Park, both are incredible'
The former inter-county hurler gave a glimpse of his international quality on his Test debut against South Africa.
# margins
Ireland 'flattered' by record win against South Africa -- Schmidt
The Kiwi stresses that Ireland would be naive to think themselves 35 points better than the Springboks.
# stock on the rise
Conway and Stockdale on the mark as Ireland cruise to win over sorry Springboks
Joe Schmidt’s side opened their November campaign with a comfortable four-try win over the ‘Boks.
# walk the walk
Carbery happy to take charge in backline, even when it means over-ruling Sexton
A year on from his famous debut, the Athy man is doing more than operating as understudy.
# leader by example
'I have to calm down a bit, but I'd rather be that than need a kick up the ass every morning'
Jonathan Sexton isn’t campaigning for a captaincy role with club or country, but he is fine-tuning his leadership methods.
# Absentees
No Sexton or O'Brien for Leinster's Champions Cup clash
Leo Cullen’s men are missing two big names ahead of their Champions Cup opener.
# made to last
Lessons from O'Callaghan and Stringer ensure 'hungry' Sexton not winding down any time soon
Trophy-less since his return from Paris, the out-half is hoping to make his presence felt with Leinster this season.
# big reveal
11 Ireland players included in British and Irish Lions squad for New Zealand tour
Donnacha Ryan, Keith Earls and Simon Zebo are among those to miss out on selection.
# take it as red
Steyn appeal against ban for high hit on Sexton turned down
The Springbok is still suspended for Top 14 matches against Toulouse and Lyon.
# depth chart
'Is he first-choice for Bordeaux?' Madigan call not on the agenda for Ireland
While Ireland began their Six Nations training last week, the former Leinster man was preparing for a replacement role in the Top 14.
# fresh 10
“I think they've resolved it': Leinster expect Sexton back in action this Friday
Poor Zebre won’t know what hit them.
# Injury news
Carbery poised for Champions Cup start as Sexton continues recovery
Meanwhile, senior coach Stuart Lancaster is confident Sean O’Brien will be fit for Friday’s trip to Northampton.
# no rest for the wicked
'Johnny struggles to let 6 hours go without thinking about rugby': Nacewa backs Sexton to power on at Leinster
If Sexton does end up being sidelined, the Leinster captain is confident Joey Carbery can steer the team in Europe.
# All Class
New Zealand boss Hansen hails 'dominant' Irish display
“We haven’t got any excuses. We got beaten by the better side on the day.”
# History in the making
Heroic Henshaw and more talking points from Ireland's long-awaited win over New Zealand
Ireland, baby, WE DID IT!
# sweet home chicago
Incredible Ireland performance ends 111-year wait for win over All Blacks
At the 29th time of asking, Ireland have beaten the world champions.
# tactical switch
Sexton and O'Brien unscathed (just a bit annoyed) after half-time withdrawal
Head coach Leo Cullen says the pair were ‘pissed off’ to be removed before the second half.
# Digging deep
Raw power, precocious youth and more talking points as Leinster take a point in France
The eastern province were made to cling on for long stretches, but travel home with a losing bonus point.
# moving mountain
Leinster feel the full force of Nadolo in Montpellier defeat
However, the eastern province finished strong to claim a losing bonus point.
# on your 6
Sean O'Brien back and on the blindside for Leinster's trip to Montpellier
The return of Jonathan Sexton and Mike McCarthy completes a triple boost for the eastern province.
# Comeback
Sexton ready to hit the ground running against high-fliers in RDS after solid build-up
Head coach Leo Cullen reports that Sexton has been taking a full part in training for some time and won’t be taking on the Ospreys cold.