Johnny Sexton played against the all Blacks with a broken wrist, according to scans.

The Irish out half suffered a fractured wrist in the second Test victory in Wellington but played the third Test against the All Blacks with the injury. Then he ruptured a tendon in his ankle in the first half of the decider in Auckland, reports in Ireland claim.

The player underwent scans after the Test, where he discovered the extent of his injuries. The 31-year old has a broken bone in his arm as he had damaged his wrist in the now famous victory over the New Zealand team.

He played with his injuries in the final Test but had to be pulled out with seven minutes left. His efforts were crucial to the comeback against the world champions and it sent a strong message to other rugby teams as well. He is set to work on his recovery during the pre-season campaign. He does not need a surgery in his ankle but his wrist is in a splint but it is expected to heal before his return to UCD.

Leinster coach Leo Cullen would be happy with the developments as Garry Ringrose and Robbie Henshaw remain sidelined ahead of the start of the new season. Sean O’Brien also injured his shoulder in the third Test of the Lions Tour.

The news of the injury is expected to slow down criticisms of the player. He joined the tour after a poor end to the Leinster season and he started against the Barbarians poorly. He eventually found his form and then went on to play a critical role in the series. Warren Gatland’s switch to Sexton was one of the key moments of the Lions Tour after Owen Farrell and Ben Te’O had started the first Test at Eden Park.