Johnny Sexton signs one-year contract extension with IRFU

Johnny Sexton has played 97 Tests for Ireland
Johnny Sexton has played 97 Tests for Ireland

Ireland skipper Johnny Sexton becomes the latest player to commit his immediate future with Irish Rugby Football Union after signing a one-year contract extension.

Sexton made his professional rugby debut with Leinster in 2006 and after a seven-season stint, the 35-year-old made a switch to Racing 92 before rejoining the Irish province ahead of the 2015/16 season.

Overall, Sexton has played 171 times for Leinster in the two stints combined and has amassed 1505 points.

His international debut for Ireland came during the November series in 2009 and has played 97 Tests for Ireland and has clinched three Six Nations titles with the national side.

Sexton, who was named the World Rugby Player of the Year in 2018 also represented British and Irish Lions in the 2013 and 2017 tour of Australia and New Zealand respectively. He was named the captain of Ireland ahead of the 2020 Six Nations and has been part of the 2011, 2015 and 2019 World Cup squads.

“Johnny continues to show he has the quality and appetite to compete at the highest levels," he told the official website of Irish Rugby.

"He is playing an important leadership role with the Ireland squad and his insight and experience continues to be of great value to the group.

“I am really enjoying my rugby and I want to keep learning and adding value to both the Ireland and Leinster environments. I am enjoying the challenge of captaincy and the added responsibility that it brings.

"My appetite for success is the same as it ever was and the ambitions of both the Ireland and Leinster squads match my own.”


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