STATEMENT: Johnny Sexton misconduct hearing finished - Ruck

STATEMENT: Johnny Sexton misconduct hearing finished

According to tournament organizers, the decision on Ireland captain Johnny Sexton’s disciplinary hearing conducted by European Professional Club Rugby is anticipated to be announced “in the coming days.”

The 38-year-old Leinster player appeared before a panel to address “misconduct complaints” arising from his actions following the Champions Cup final defeat to La Rochelle in May.

Although Sexton was sidelined due to injury and did not participate in the final on May 20, which La Rochelle won 27-26, he engaged in a verbal exchange with South African referee Jaco Peyper after the match concluded in Dublin.

If found guilty of misconduct, Sexton faces the possibility of a substantial suspension.

Sexton has already confirmed his retirement from this year’s Rugby World Cup, where Ireland, considered strong contenders, will commence their campaign against Romania on September 9.


Ireland’s upcoming World Cup warm-up matches are scheduled against Italy on 5 August, followed by matches against England and Samoa.

Their first World Cup game is set to take place on 9 September in Bordeaux against Romania. It is important to note that any potential suspension for Sexton could impact his availability for both the warm-up matches and the tournament itself.

The Johnny Sexton verdict will appear here as soon as it’s available.

Thursday’s disciplinary hearing was chaired by Christopher Quinlan KC with Adam Casselden SC and Marcello D’Orey also on the panel.

A fans poll has ranked rugby union’s five biggest d***heads

We all love to hate. For every force of good there is in rugby union, there is an equal force of bad to provide balance. A yin to their yang. For every hero, a villain.

As much fun as it is to see the sport’s most treasured icons succeed, audiences can sometimes take equal pleasure in seeing a star plummet from the heavens and fall to the depths below.

We’ve ran a poll to discover who, whether it be for their antics on or off the pitch, have developed an unenviable reputation in the game.

Find out the top five below.

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#5. Tomas Lavanini (Argentina)

Believe me, I’m as shocked as you are that Lavinini managed to find his way into this list considering the stand-up player that he is (sarcastic).

Being serious, he is one of the most entertaining rugby players to watch because of his reckless and aggressive behaviour