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Johnny Sexton Signs New One-Year Contract With IRFU

Johnny Sexton Signs New One-Year Contract With IRFU

Johnny Sexton has signed a new one-year extension to his contract with the IRFU.

Sexton's new deal keeps him playing for Leinster until the end of the 2021/22 season.

The 35-year-old joked last week that a new was close but he was "waiting on Leinster to see if they want to keep me or not. They've got a few good young 10s coming through".

The out-half, who captained Ireland to their first win of this year's Six Nations against Italy at the weekend, has 97 caps for his country.

"I am really enjoying my rugby and I want to keep learning and adding value to both the Ireland and Leinster environments," said Sexton.

"I am enjoying the challenge of captaincy and the added responsibility that it brings. My appetite for success is the same as it ever was and the ambitions of both the Ireland and Leinster squads match my own."

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IRFU performance director David Nucifora added:

"Johnny continues to show he has the quality and appetite to compete at the highest levels. He is playing an important leadership role with the Ireland squad and his insight and experience continues to be of great value to the group."

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