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Johnny Sexton Linked With Move Back To France

Johnny Sexton Linked With Move Back To France

Johnny Sexton has been linked with a move to Lyon. He previously played in France with Racing between 2013 and 2015.

Mini Olympique reported that the Leinster and Ireland player's representatives met with Lyon following last month's Champions Cup game between the two sides.

However, according to the Irish Times, Sexton has rejected advances from the Top 14 side.

The 34-year-old is contracted to Leinster and Ireland until 2021, a deal he signed in 2018. It was said that a move could come down to whom new Ireland head coach Andy Farrell chooses as his out-half.

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Sexton is currently out of action due to a knee ligament injury which he suffered during the victory over Northampton at Franklin's Gardens earlier this month. He is unlikely to be available again until Ireland's first game of the 2020 Six Nations against Scotland on February 1st.

Lyon currently lead the Top 14. Incumbent out-half Jonathan Wisniewski is likely to retire at the end of the season, hence the requirement for a replacement. They have also been linked with moves for Wasps' Lima Sopoaga and Aussie Bernard Foley.

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