Dealing with public perception is one aspect all sportspeople have to deal with. And that's no different for Johnny Sexton.
In Episode 2 of 'The Sexton Series' with Laya Healthcare, the Ireland and Leinster player has been discussing that aspect of his career.
"I don’t think being judged as a rugby player is hard, you get used to that. But being judged for your personality – that can bother me," says the Grand Slam winner.
Sexton also begins by giving an insight into his kicking routine. He opens up about the many elements that the goal-kicker faces during high-pressure moments, including a revealing insight into his spiking heart-rate.
"We used to wear heart-rate monitors in games. The highest for me was when the penalty is actually awarded. The rest of the time you’re just trying to get your heart rate down," he says.
You can watch Episode 2 'The Mindset' above via YouTube. Keep an eye out on Laya healthcare’s social media channels for part three coming soon. 'The Sexton Series’ takes an exclusive behind the scenes look at Johnny from his playing career, to his mindset to life outside rugby. You can watch Episode 1 'The Player' here.