Gerry Thornley: Age just a number as Johnny Sexton hits the ground running

Missing Lions tour may be a blessing for outhalf – and for Leinster and Irish rugby

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton with Jordan Larmour in action in the URC match between Leinster and Zebre in the RDS Arena in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton with Jordan Larmour in action in the URC match between Leinster and Zebre in the RDS Arena in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Warren Gatland and Gregor Townsend may well have erred in not bringing Johnny Sexton on the Lions’ tour to South Africa. He was, after all, the form outhalf in the Six Nations. But, however disappointed Sexton would have been himself, they probably did him, Leinster and Irish rugby a huge favour.

For starters, from a selfishly Irish or Leinster perspective, being spared the physical demands of playing South African opposition may have been a blessing.

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