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captain says sorry Johnny Sexton apologises to Andy Farrell for his behaviour in Paris


Jonathan Sexton has apologised to Farrell for his behaviour in Paris

Jonathan Sexton has apologised to Farrell for his behaviour in Paris

Jonathan Sexton has apologised to Farrell for his behaviour in Paris

Captain Johnny Sexton revealed he has apologised to Ireland head coach Andy Farrell for his reaction to being substituted in last Saturday's defeat to France in Paris.

Both men were put forward for media duties today as the squad came together ahead of their Autumn Nations Cup opener against Wales on Friday week.

Sexton has come in for heavy criticism from Brian O'Driscoll, Keith Wood and Eddie O'Sullivan among others since the loss at the Stade de France, in particular due to shaking his head repeatedly and glaring at the coach' box as he left the field after being replaced by Ross Byrne.

“Probably a mix really," he said of his reaction. "I am disappointed in myself with the reaction to a certain extent.Obviously if I’d known the stories that they’re trying to create and the way it’s being perceived I wouldn’t have done it.

“You’ve got to take it from my point of view, it’s in the heat of the moment, it’s up there with the biggest games I’ve played in as captain.

“Obviously it’s a low point and I reacted in a bad way for a split second and that’s it really. There’s not a lot more I can say.

“I spoke to Andy after the game and spoke on Sunday when I realised it was such a big thing and we sorted things out. I apologised and said ‘look, it shouldn’t have happened’. It did, it was a split second and obviously let myself down in that regard.

“You learn and you move on really. I suppose it’s not the first apology in my career and it won’t be the last. We’ll move on. Thankfully we’ve got a good relationship and there’s no problems going forward.

“You don’t realise, if someone said to me ‘you’re on the big screen’, I’m not going to do it. If I’d had time to think about it, I wouldn’t have done it.

“But you’re playing in an international, you’re in the heat of battle, you’re captain of the team and you’re disappointed in the performance as much as anything. I’ve got to make sure the lads are in a better place to do what they’re meant to do.

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