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.


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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