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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Beaming Johnny Sexton happy to be back in Leinster blue

Johnny Sexton and Rob Kearney of Leinster Rugby came out to the Bank of Ireland Summer Camp to meet up with some local young rugby talent in Coolmine RFC
Johnny Sexton and Rob Kearney of Leinster Rugby came out to the Bank of Ireland Summer Camp to meet up with some local young rugby talent in Coolmine RFC

JOHNNY Sexton is clearly happy to be back in Leinster blue.

The Ireland fly-half returned to Leinster from Racing Metro this week.

He was joined by his colleagues in training some of the country's potential rugby heroes at a Leinster Rugby Camp in Coolmine yesterday.

The 29-year-old left the team in 2013 to join the French side but returned to Dublin after finishing his lucrative two-year spell in Paris.

His new contract will see him play with Leinster up until the 2019 World Cup.

Yesterday, there were no signs of doubt as the Dublin native looked comfortable to be back in Leinster blue. He showed off his skills to the children, passed on a bit of advice, and also signed a few autographs.

Sexton joins former team-mate Isa Nacewa in the Leinster back line this season. Nacewa also left the province in 2013 to return home to New Zealand, but he has since signed a new one-year deal.

Preparations

The Irish team has begun preparations and training ahead of the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in the UK in September.

It's a time of change for the Leinster squad, with head coach Matt O'Connor leaving, and scrum coach Marco Caputo also leaving last month. Caputo was replaced by former Elite Player Development Officer John Fogarty.

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