Lions star played through a fractured wrist, broken arm and ruptured ankle tendons in final Test

A quite amazing story of how Johnny Sexton played through the pain barrier in the Lions’ brutal third Test with New Zealand has emerged.

The fly-half entered the final Test with a fractured wrist, suffered in the second Test, before rupturing a tendon in his ankle during the opening half of the decider in Auckland, reported the Irish Independent.


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Sexton damaged his wrist in the second half of the famous victory over the All Blacks, but strapped it up for the series decider.

After the 15-all draw, he underwent scans that revealed a broken bone in his arm.



Despite his various injuries, Sexton battled on before being eventually replaced with seven minutes of the final Test as they secured a famous series draw against the back-to-back World champions.

His wrist is currently in a splint but is expected to heal in time for his pre-planned delayed return to UCD, while his ankle does not require surgery.

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