Sexton late withdrawal from Irish side to play Australia

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Dublin, Ireland — Ireland's hopes of winning a record-equalling 12th home Test suffered a blow when talismanic captain Johnny Sexton withdrew from the starting line-up minutes before the kick-off against Australia. اضافة اعلان

The 37-year-old declared himself fit earlier in the week having recovered from a dead leg he suffered in the 19-16 win over world champions South Africa a fortnight ago.

However, after going through with the pre-matchtoss ritual he was declared unfit to play.

Sexton is replaced at fly-half by 22-year-old Jack Crowley -- winning only his second cap -- with Peter O'Mahony stepping in as captain.

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