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Ill-Timed Car Swap Prompted 'Unmerciful Slagging' For Jonathan Sexton At Leinster

Ill-Timed Car Swap Prompted 'Unmerciful Slagging' For Jonathan Sexton At Leinster

Fresh from becoming only the second Irish player to win World Rugby Player of the Year, Jonathan Sexton has been discussing what life is like after receiving such an accolade.

In short, not much has changed.

Speaking on BBC Five Live's 'Rugby Union Weekly' show on Monday evening, the Leinster man spoke openly of how his provincial teammates greeted the news of his award.

"Ah it would be a bit strange if you walked into the changing room and you weren't getting any stick," Sexton admitted.

In the wake of a momentous win against the All-Blacks, Sexton returned to provincial duty after enjoying an astounding 2018.

Unfortunately, an ill-timed car-swap left a few teammates wondering if he'd gotten a few notions in the interim.

"I've got a Jeep at the moment and I was getting it serviced," Sexton recalled.

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"The company that I'm with gave me this real fancy car for just one day.

"I drove it into training, and the slagging I got was unmerciful, so I'll have to change that straight back ... I'll get the bus in tomorrow."

In a revealing interview, Sexton also discussed his relationship with former teammate and coach Ronan O'Gara. With the former Irish international discussing how Sexton marked the news that O'Gara would be leaving Racing 92 for the Crusaders in New Zealand, the Leinster man shared his side of the story.

"Look, I spent nearly everyday for two years in Paris with Ronan," Sexton outlined.

"My wife Laura spent everyday with Jessica [O'Gara's wife] over there. We probably leaned on each other and it was funny the circumstances that we ended up there.

"When he decided to go to New Zealand we knew we weren't going to see them for a couple of years, so we said we'd go down [to Paris] and say goodbye.

"Look, it wasn't as big a deal from my point of view, but obviously when someone appreciates it like that its great.

"We're glad we did it, and hopefully we get him back in Ireland soon enough."

You can listen back to the revealing interview via the BBC Five Live website here

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