Jonathan Sexton Returning to Leinster


Jonathan SextonThe IRFU and Racing Metro confirmed that Jonathan Sexton the talented fly-half would leave the club and return home at season’s end.

The side from the Top 14 announced the departure of Sexton during a Thursday press conference.

Sexton had an option of an extension of one-year to his current contract following this season, but he also has reportedly been given offers of four years from Racing to remain in Paris as well as from the IRFU to return.

Leinster Rugby and IRFU are pleased that Sexton will play in the IRFU through November of 2019 after signing a new contract, which will see him return to Leinster to play in the 2015/16 campaign, said club officials.

From 2006 to 2013 Sexton had 110 appearances at Leinster accumulating 1,015 points. While playing there he won 3 European Cups, 2 Pro12 titles and 1 Challenge Cup.

Sexton debuted for Ireland in a victory of 41-6 over Fiji in November of 2009. He has 45 caps for his country and has scored 391 points. The 29-year olds most recent cap for Ireland came in a win over Argentina 23-17 during a Summer Tour of 2014.

He played in the five games for the 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship and toured in 2013 starting all three of the Tests versus Australia.

He has not played for a long period due to injury, but hopes to return and play for Ireland again in November.

The CEO at IRFU Philip Browne said Sexton was one of world rugby’s best out halves and the IRFU are pleased he will play rugby again in Ireland. The league will benefit greatly from having the caliber player of Sexton playing in Ireland fulltime.

Sexton released a statement saying he was pleased to re-join Leinster, the club that gave him his start in professional rugby. He said he grew up playing in Leinster and always loved to pull the blue jersey on and is delighted to return to play club rugby in Ireland.

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