"Banned at the very least..." - Johnny Sexton could be doubt for World Cup opener - Ruck

“Banned at the very least…” – Johnny Sexton could be doubt for World Cup opener

Champions Cup bosses will wait for final referee Jaco Peyper’s report before deciding on a course on Johnny Sexton’s behaviour during the Champions Cup final.

At the Aviva Stadium, a heated incident occurred involving La Rochelle coach Ronan O’Gara, Leinster coach Sean O’Brien, and Leinster’s club captain Sexton.

According to reports, O’Brien intervened in an attempt to prevent O’Gara from speaking with Peyper before tensions escalated.

Additionally, following the conclusion of the match, the Irish fly-half, Johnny Sexton, engaged in a ‘heated’ discussion with Peyper on the field.

One Twitter user wrote: “Sexton behaves disgracefully at times, petulant and abusive. He should get banned at the very least. This behaviour and attitude has crept into the Irish side over the last few years and it needs cutting out.”


Another added: “We need to start a dialogue about Johnny Sexton’s behaviour. It’s now ON & OFF the Field. There seems to be zero consequences for his actions.”

A third commented: “Go on. Ban Sexton before the World Cup. Nuclear Strike that players and coaches need for their attitude towards officials.”

Planet Rugby scribe Jared Wright added: “From the reports and what I have been told, World Rugby should be imposing a ban on Sexton. They set a standard with Erasmus and they should be standing their ground now.”

Johnny Sexton named most annoying player to referee following latest outburst

#5. Owen Farrell (England)

Could it be anybody else to start? Farrell fits the label “our guy” better than most, meaning you love to hate him unless he’s in your squad. Then you’d go to the end’s of the earth to defend him.

The England captain, also known as ‘Shoulder boy’ for his high tackling, does himself no favours with his poor tackling technique.

Although he’s currently serving a two-match ban, the fact he often seems to get away with it doesn’t help either.

A dejected Owen Farrell of England applauds in the direction of the England supporters at full-time following the Guinness Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on Saturday 11th March 2023 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.

Owen Farrell facts:

The Saracens star went to school with England teammate George Ford

His education began in rugby league – he joined Wigan St Patricks at the age of eight

He became the youngest ever player to appear in English professional rugby, making his debut aged 17 and 11 days. This record was later beaten by schoolmate Ford

It’s well known that Owen is the son of Ireland head coach Andy Farrell. However, it’s less commonly know that his uncle Sean O’Loughlin is also a rugby league legend, winning 34 caps for Great Britain between 1993 and 2009

He was not at first registered as a Farrell, but took mum Colleen’s family name of O’Loughlin. The couple married in 1995, changing Owen’s surname to Farrell the following year.