Fly-half Johnny Sexton has committed his future to Ireland and Leinster by signing a new contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union. The 33-year-old was recently named 2018 World Rugby player of the year after helping Ireland to Grand Slam glory in the Six Nations and Leinster to a European Rugby Champions Cup and Pro14 double.
Sexton, who has won 77 caps for Ireland and has spent his entire club career playing in his homeland bar a two-season stint with Racing 92, had been due to see his previous contract expire after the 2019 World Cup, but he insists he never had any doubts about penning an extension until 2021. “It is where I have always wanted to play so I am delighted to extend,” said the Dublin-born player. “We get looked after extremely well here and it is an exciting time for Irish rugby. I am looking forward to hopefully being a part of that over the next few years.”
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Sexton’s commitment to Irish rugby will also come as a boost to incoming Ireland boss Andy Farrell, who is due to replace current coach Joe Schmidt after next year’s World Cup.