Johnny Sexton to decide on his future after Six Nations next year

Johnny Sexton is set to play his 100th Test for Ireland on Saturday
Johnny Sexton is set to play his 100th Test for Ireland on Saturday

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton said he will decide on his future at the end of the Six Nations tournament next year.

Sexton, who replaced Rory Best as captain ahead of the 2020 Six Nations will be out of contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union and Leinster next season and is aiming to take a call early next year.

Injuries has been a constant setback in Sexton's career with the latest being a hip injury that ruled him out of Ireland's clash against Japan in July which they went on to win 39-31.

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Sexton was also left out of British and Irish Lions' tour of South Africa with head coach Warren Gatland citing 'durability' being a key factor in leaving the 36-year-old out.

“At the moment I’m loving it,” Sexton said at a press conference.

“I love the training, my body is good, my mind is good and, in an ideal world, I would love to keep going.

“What I learned last year is that you can’t plan too far ahead. I’m taking it game by game, campaign by campaign.

“The IRFU have been very good to me over the last seven years since I came back from Paris. We made a decision at the end of the Six Nations last year and I don’t think it will be any different this year.

“Let’s wait until the end of that and see how we all are.”

The upcoming clash against the Brave Blossoms on Saturday at Aviva Stadium will also be Sexton's 100th Test for Ireland and the veteran playmaker is looking forward to the occasion.

“I had to wait a long time for my first cap and I’d have been happy to get the one,” he said. “Never in a million years did I think I’d still be playing.

“But over the last few years I’ve just taken it year on year. I was gutted to miss the French game last year because I knew that, if I’d kept fit and kept my form, that I would have played my 100th against England.

“But everything happens for a reason and hopefully getting your 100th cap in front of some people will be more than special.

“I’m trying to focus on the game, though, I don’t want to get drawn away from how important the game is.”


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