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Johnny Sexton ruled out of Ireland’s Six Nations opener against Scotland

• Calf injury rules Irish playmaker out of Murrayfield encounter
• Paddy Jackson now set to be handed start at fly-half

Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of Ireland’s Six Nations opener against Scotland after failing to shake off his calf problem.

Ireland must now face Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday without their linchpin British and Irish Lions playmaker. Ulster’s Paddy Jackson should now start at fly-half in Edinburgh, with Munster’s Ian Keatley drafted into the squad as extra cover.

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