Why isn't Johnny Sexton playing for Ireland against France in Six Nations and when will rugby captain return?

IRELAND are taking on France without their captain as Johnny Sexton as they look to get a first Six Nations win on the board.

That means Billy Burns will get another run-out despite missing touch with a last minute penalty when the Irish were beaten in Wales last week.

Why isn't Johnny Sexton playing for Ireland against France in the Six Nations?

Johnny Sexton took an accidental knee to the head from Justin Tipuric in Ireland's Six Nations match with Wales.

And in line with rugby's concussion protocol, the Ireland captain was called off for a head injury assessment.

However, Sexton appeared absolutely fuming at the time, gesturing to the medical team that he was fine to continue.

On Thursday, Sexton indicated that he had passed the concussion protocols up to that point but he didn't know whether he would be able to play.

He said: "I have so far. I have to do another one today and another tomorrow and we'll see how we go.

"I have just got to focus on this week and the return to play and if I don't pass one of those stages, I won't play.

"If I do, I will be fit to play and whether I play or not is down to the coaches then.

"I trust the medical guys here, they look after us incredibly well and I will continue to trust them."

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