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Ireland captain Johnny Sexton signs new contract until the end of World Cup 2023

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton has signed a contract extension until the end of the 2023 World Cup.

He Leinster fly-half, who has 103 caps for the national team, will be 38 years old by the time next year’s tournament in France.

“I always say that if I like my rugby – and the Irish and Leinster establishments believe I can add value to the environment – ​​it will be an easy decision to sign another contract. ,” he said in a statement on the Irish Rugby Union (IRFU) website.

Sexton made his international debut against Fiji in November 2009 and represented Ireland at the 2011, 2015 and 2019 World Cups.

The 2018 World Player of the Year has also toured twice with the British and Irish Lions, in 2013 and 2017, in addition to winning three Six Nations titles, plus four European Cups with Leinster.

“There is some great talent emerging at Leinster right now and I am very excited about the prospect of competing at the fourth World Cup with Ireland and the potential for growth in this group between now and then.” he added.

Sexton is pushing to call back Ireland to start XV for Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations clash with British championship competitors.

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Johnny Sexton has won three Six Nations titles (Gareth Fuller/PA)

He came on from the bench in the third round win over Italy after overcoming a minor hamstring injury that kept him out of the France defeat.

IRFU performance director David Nucifora said: “Johnny’s performances continue to be of the highest standard and he remains an integral member of the Ireland and Leinster team.

“He has always been a leader on the pitch and in the last two years, since taking the Ireland captaincy, his leadership has been top class.

“Johnny is a new generation player and we are delighted that he has extended it until 2023.”

https://www.independent.ie/sport/ireland-captain-johnny-sexton-signs-new-deal-until-end-of-2023-world-cup-41423590.html Ireland captain Johnny Sexton signs new contract until the end of World Cup 2023

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