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Ireland captain to retire at end of 2023 World Cup

by Saba Gulmagarashvili

Fly-half for Ireland and Leinster Johnny Sexton has announced his retirement from rugby after the 2023 World Cup.

After signing a contract extension until the end of the tournament in France, the 36-year-old made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

“Yeah, finished, 2023 World Cup – it’s up to me to work hard, get the body and mind in the best shape possible and attack the last 18 months,” 

“I’m still very driven to get there and perform at the World Cup.”

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Sexton made his international debut against Fiji in November 2009, and has since gone on to represent Ireland in the World Cups of 2011, 2015, and 2019.

The Dubliner has won three Six Nations titles with Ireland and five European Cups with Leinster and has been a two-time Lions tourist (2013 and 2017). He has played 178 times for his province and has a total of 1,549 points.

The former World Player of the Year has 103 caps for his country and just reached the 500-point mark in the Six Nations.

“I’m still very driven to get there and perform at the World Cup. That was one of the biggest factors for me. I spoke to a lot of guys who have finished in the game with big regrets over the World Cup and I have a chance now to do that.”

“It’s obviously a long time away and at this moment we’ve got a lot in front of us to focus on but it’s great to get it sorted. I always said if I’m enjoying my rugby and Ireland and Leinster think I can add value then it would be an easy decision to sign another contract,” 

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David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director commented:

“Johnny’s performances continue to be of the highest standard and he remains an integral member of the Ireland and Leinster squads,”

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