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Jonny's coming home! Sexton to re-join Leinster on IRFU contract

The 29-year-old out-half will re-join his home province on a contract that lasts until 2019.

Sexton will re-join Leinster next season.
Sexton will re-join Leinster next season.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

THE IRFU HAS confirmed that Jonny Sexton will re-join Leinster next season on a central contract that will last until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The 29-year-old out-half is in his second season with Racing Métro in the Top 14 and had an option to extend his time at the Parisian club, but the lure of a return to his home province has proved too difficult to resist.

This announcement is a major boost for Leinster, who will bring back a world-class player for 2015/16 and beyond, as well as Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. The Kiwi was frustrated by Racing’s management of the player at times last season, but will be relieved that Sexton has agreed a deal which expires in November, 2019.

“I am pleased to be re-joining Leinster, the club where I started my professional career,” said Sexton. “I grew up playing my rugby in Leinster and always wanting to pull on the blue jersey so I am delighted to be able to return to play my club rugby in Ireland.”

I have made a choice for my family and for my international career. We miss our family in Ireland. I have a great relationship with everyone here [in Paris], it was a very hard decision to make. I didn’t speak to any French club other than Racing.”

Meanwhile, IRFU CEO Philip Browne stated his pleasure at having secured the out-half’s services:

“Jonathan is one the best out-halves in world rugby and the IRFU are delighted that he will be playing his rugby in Ireland. Irish rugby will benefit hugely from having a player of his calibre playing full-time in Ireland.”

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