Sexton out of quarter final tomorrow

Injury: Sexton

Injury: Sexton

Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of Ireland’s crunch World Cup quarter final against Argentina in Cardiff tomorrow.

Sexton had been passed fit to play yesterday, but the IRFU have today confirmed that he tightened up after training yesterday and Ian Madigan will deputise.

"Post training yesterday Johnny Sexton tightened up and although scans earlier in the week were normal a further scan yesterday afternoon revealed a very minor adductor strain," read a statement.

"It was therefore felt that it was better to withdraw him from the game rather than risk further injury. 

Ian Madigan will start at out-half and Paddy Jackson comes onto the bench."

Isaac Boss has been brought in to the squad as further scrum-half cover in place of Jared Payne. 

With Ian Madigan now starting tomorrow's match versus Argentina it's ideal for him to focus fully on the out-half position. 

The centre position vacated by Jared is well covered by Robbie Henshaw, Keith Earls, Darren Cave and Luke Fitzgerald.

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