Johnny Sexton has agreed a three-year contract extension with the Irish Rugby Union (IRFU) that will see him remain with Leinster and Ireland until 2021.
Sexton has played a pivotal role in helping Ireland climb to second in the world rankings in 2018, Joe Schmidt’s side claiming a Six Nations Grand Slam before finishing the year with a victory over New Zealand in Dublin.
The fly-half’s contribution was recognised by World Rugby when he was named World Player of the Year last month.
Leinster have also benefited from Sexton’s qualities, the 33-year-old having kicked nine points to help the province secure a fourth European Champions Cup title in May.
He will remain tied to Leinster and Ireland for another three years, and he is relishing what lies ahead – particularly with the World Cup in 2019.
“I am delighted to sign a new IRFU contract to continue to play for Leinster and Ireland,” said Sexton.
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“I am delighted to sign a new IRFU contract to continue to play for @leinsterrugby and @IrishRugby It is where I have always wanted to play so I am delighted to extend” #shouldertoshoulder #TeamOfUs #Ireland #Sexton pic.twitter.com/1NM6baccOT
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“It is where I have always wanted to play so I am delighted to extend. We get looked after extremely well here and it is an exciting time for Irish rugby.
“I am looking forward to hopefully being a part of that over the next few years.”
IRFU performance director David Nucifora added: “Johnny’s hunger and drive mark him out as a truly world class competitor.
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) December 11, 2018
“He sets a performance benchmark for those around him and is investing in the development of young out-halves in the Ireland squad while also seeking improvement in his own performance.
“He is a model professional and has been at the centre of a lot of the success enjoyed by Irish Rugby over the past few years.”
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