Johnny Sexton will be taking part in his second Lions tour

The British and Irish Lions have been boosted by the news that Johnny Sexton took a full part in squad training on Thursday and Sean O’Brien is on the verge of a return to full fitness.

Fly-half Sexton trained in Kildare after having a head injury assessment (HIA) following Leinster’s Pro12 semi-final defeat by Scarlets.

Flanker O’Brien missed that match because of a “tightness in his calf”.

O’Brien has done some running but has yet to return to full training.

Lions prop Tadhg Furlong is relishing the ‘high pressure environment’

The Leinster pair are training in Ireland along with the rest of Warren Gatland’s squad before Monday’s departure for the 10-game tour of New Zealand.

“Johnny has trained all week, he’s absolutely fine,” said Lions coach Andy Farrell.

“Sean is nearly there, he’s progressed really well. He’s back to a bit of straight-line running. They’re just managing him making sure that we don’t break him down too early.”

Full Lions tour schedule

June 3 – Provincial Union Team, Whangarei
June 7 – Blues, Auckland
June 10 – Crusaders, Christchurch
June 13 – Highlanders, Dunedin
June 17 – Maori All Blacks, Rotorua
June 20 – Chiefs, Hamilton
June 24 – All Blacks, Auckland
June 27 – Hurricanes, Wellington
July 1 – All Blacks, Wellington
July 8 – All Blacks, Auckland

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