Ireland skipper Johnny Sexton suffers season-ending groin injury

Ireland skipper Johnny Sexton suffers season-ending groin injury

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton looks set to miss the rest of this season after suffering a groin injury.

Sexton was hurt during the closing stages of Ireland's Guinness Six Nations title and Grand Slam-clinching victory over England nine days ago.

And Sexton's provincial team Leinster say that the 37-year-old will undergo a procedure on the injury on Tuesday.

"Johnny Sexton will see a specialist on Tuesday and have a procedure on the groin injury picked up in Ireland™s Guinness Six Nations game against England, which will likely keep him sidelined for the remainder of the Leinster Rugby season," Leinster said.

It means that Sexton, who will retire after the World Cup later this year, has probably played his final game for Leinster.

Ireland's opening World Cup warm-up Test, meanwhile, is against Italy in Dublin on August 5.

Leinster are chasing a Heineken Champions Cup and United Rugby Championship trophy double.

They host Ulster in the Champions Cup round of 16 on Saturday, with the winners facing a home quarter-final against Leicester or Edinburgh a week later.

Leinster are runaway leaders of the URC, and will contest the playoffs next month as clear title favourites.