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BREAKING: Johnny Sexton set for ban after hearing date set

Johnny Sexton potentially faces a suspension of up to 10 weeks after the European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) decided to convene a disciplinary hearing regarding incidents that occurred on the field at the conclusion of the Heineken Cup final.

July 13 marks a crucial day for Johnny Sexton as he is set to appear before a hearing to address accusations regarding his behavior following the Heineken Champions Cup final held at the Aviva Stadium.

Sexton, who received a letter outlining his charged last month, has been accused of three instances of misconduct and has been notified about it through a letter from the EPCR.

He is alleged to have directed offensive language towards the three on-pitch officials, namely Peyper, Dickson, and Christophe Ridley, the other linesman.

According to Section 9.28 of the rulebook governing European rugby, it explicitly states, “A player must refrain from employing intimidating gestures or utterances directed at Match Officials.”


In light of his alleged act of intimidating match officials following Leinster’s defeat to La Rochelle in the European Champions Cup final last month, Sexton is confronted with a potential mid-range penalty. If proven guilty, he could face a 24-week ban.

While the maximum punishment for such an offense could extend up to five years, it is believed to be improbable in this case.

If Sexton is found guilty but only of a minor offence, he would still be subject to a 12-week ban, which would effectively render him ineligible for participation in this year’s World Cup.

“£2.5m” – Johnny Sexton confirms he’s stepping away from rugby after the World Cup

Ireland star Johnny Sexton has revealed he’s been doing work experience as he prepares for life after rugby following the World Cup.

The veteran fly-half, who will hang up his boots following the 2023 Rugby World Cup, confirmed in an interview with the Irish Times that he likely won’t go into coaching.

Sexton said: “I would never say never, you never know what life is going to throw at you

“It wouldn’t be my plan straight away, if an offer came in, it wouldn’t be right for me to coach with guys I played with the last number of years.

“I certainly wouldn’t want to jeopardise this year, because if they find out you’re coaching them, the relationship changes straight away. I won’t be doing it for the foreseeable future.

“Rugby is my passion, it’s all I’ve known. I’ve been doing it for 20 years, longer maybe, when I was a kid. But I think it’s important to step away from it to try another walk of life. And then we’ll see what happens.”


“I’ll go and see if I can do something in the business world, I’ve been doing a bit of work experience there over the last few years, one day a week, so I’ll go into that and see how it goes.

“It might not be for me. I might get the itch straight away and come out of retirement, play for St Marys!”

The previous year saw a significant rise in accumulated profits at the management company owned by Johnny Sexton, the renowned rugby captain of Ireland.

The profits surged by nearly £307,000, reaching an impressive total of almost £2.5m..


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6 rugby players now making it big in business after smart investments

Here’s some of the most prominent rugby players to have made waves in business.

Stuart Hogg

After confirming his retirement, Hogg said in a statement: “A new career beckons and I will attack in the same manner as I play the game.”

The Scotland legend has revealed he isn’t too keen on coaching, but will remain in the game as a pundit after making his debut on BBC during the 2023 Six Nations.


Sources tell RUCK that BT Sport (soon to be TNT Sports) are keen. to recruit the fullback as a key part of their 2023/24 Premiership coverage.


He is the co-owner of steak house Finsbay Flatiron in Glasgow.

The focus for Finsbay Flatiron is steak, specialising in 8oz flat irons (as the name suggests) and steaks from £8 on weekdays and £10 on weekends, as well as sides like mac and cheese and triple cooked chips.


He’s a director of a distillery named Maiden Batch.

Caulker’s is a collaborative effort between five Glasgow men, two of whom happen to be British Lions and Scotland rugby internationals, Hogg and Alastair Kellock. The bottle is signed by all five.

Jack Nowell

The England and Exeter Chiefs winger is the co-owner of The Swordfish Inn back in his hometown of Cornwall.

Sitting on the harbourfront, the pub has been a favourite of local fishermen, artists and visitors alike for as long as anyone cares to remember and is well-known for its rugged charm and atmosphere.

He is also a director of MUSTARD Clothing.