"Pretty poor" - Johnny Sexton conduct put under the microscope once again - Ruck

“Pretty poor” – Johnny Sexton conduct put under the microscope once again

Johnny Sexton, the Ireland captain, scored Ireland’s fifth try against Romania, but there were worries that he might have sustained an injury during the play.

When Johnny Sexton, hailing from Leinster, grounded the ball beneath the posts, Jason Tomane, the Romanian center, made an effort to dislodge it from his grasp. Despite Tomane’s unsuccessful attempt, Sexton appeared displeased with the challenge, hinting at a possible hand injury.

His reaction didn’t go down well with a number of fans and journalists.

Rugby journalist Ben Nurse wrote on Twitter: “Pretty poor from Sexton not shaking Tomane’s hand The tackle was fine and it’s not Tomane’s fault he can’t play 80 minutes without getting injured.”

Another fan wrote: “Johnny Sexton can complain about anything and everything,”

A second commented: “No Irish rugby performance would be complete without Johnny (Gobby Arm-Flapper) Sexton crying about something!”

“Hope Johnny Sexton is OK, but not sure you can complain about being tackled if you jog over the try-line. Defender perfectly entitled to attempt to disrupt,” added The Telegraph’s Charlie Morgan.

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Johnny Sexton has been labelled the ‘biggest cheat’ in rugby today

Fans have been ranking who they consider the dirtiest players in the game today. In some cases it seems unpopularity saw them picked while other stars have been named and shamed for their thuggish actions on the field.

#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 ban, the fact he often seems to get away with it doesn’t help either.

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.

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