Rugby: Sexton fit to play against France but concussion worries linger

PARIS (AFP) - Ireland warhorse Johnny Sexton insists he is fit for his country's Six Nations clash against France on Saturday, but he must overcome worries about his future after a series of head injuries.

A French brain specialist who forced Sexton onto the sidelines for three months has backed the Irish fly-half's claims to be safe to play. But Jean-Francois Chermann also said he had once warned him to avoid repeat concussions or risk his career.

The 30-year-old Sexton, one of the most influential figures in Ireland's double Six Nations triumphs, saved his side last weekend with a penalty kick that rescued a 16-16 draw against Wales.

However, he was clearly in pain when he left the field with a shoulder injury in the Dublin clash.

In naming Sexton for the team to play in Paris on Saturday, coach Joe Schmidt said that the fly-half is "pretty fit".