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Sexton Signs Contract Extension To 2023 Rugby World Cup

Sexton Signs Contract Extension To 2023 Rugby World Cup

Leinster and Ireland out-half Jonathan Sexton has signed a contract extension up until the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

He earned his 100th cap for Ireland against Japan last November and played a pivotal role in Ireland’s third defeat of New Zealand.

Sexton hit the milestone of 500 Six Nations Championship points against Wales in the opening round of this year’s tournament and has represented Ireland on 103 occasions to date.

The former World Rugby Player of the Year was appointed Ireland captain by Andy Farrell in January 2020. He has led the team to ten victories in his 13-game tenure as the on-field general.

Sexton made his international debut against Fiji in November 2009 and has represented Ireland at three Rugby World Cups (2011, 2015 & 2019).

He is a two-time Lions tourist (2013 & 2017) and has won three Six Nations titles with Ireland and five European Cups with Leinster. He has represented his provinces on 178 occasions, scoring 1549 points.

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora commented: “Johnny’s performances continue to be of the highest standard and he remains an integral member of the Ireland and Leinster squads.

“He has always been a leader on the field and in the past two years since taking on the Ireland captaincy, his leadership off it has been top class. Johnny is a generational player and we are delighted that he has extended to 2023.”

Sexton remarked: “I always said that if I am enjoying my rugby and the Ireland and Leinster set-ups believe I can add value to the environment then it would be an easy decision to sign another contract.

“There is some great talent coming through at Leinster at present and I am excited about the prospect of competing at a fourth World Cup with Ireland and the potential for growth in this group between now and then.”