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RTE weather woman Evelyn Cusack and daughter Fleur (left). Photo: Brian McEvoy

RTE weather woman Evelyn Cusack and daughter Fleur (left). Photo: Brian McEvoy

Jonny Sexton pictured at O Reilly Hall in Ucd Dublin tonight where he received The Foundation Day Medal  at the UCD Foundation Day Alumni Awards in recognition of his outstanding achievements both in provincial and national rugby.
Pic: Brian McEvoy

Jonny Sexton pictured at O Reilly Hall in Ucd Dublin tonight where he received The Foundation Day Medal at the UCD Foundation Day Alumni Awards in recognition of his outstanding achievements both in provincial and national rugby. Pic: Brian McEvoy

RTE weather woman Evelyn Cusack and daughter Fleur (left). Photo: Brian McEvoy

Ireland and former Leinster rugby star Jonny Sexton wants to return to UCD once he hangs up his boots.

Sexton (29) was honoured by his alma mater with the Foundation Day Medal in recognition of his outstanding achievements in both provincial and national rugby.

Hosted by Newstalk's Pat Kenny, Ireland's most influential individuals from business, academia and culture gathered to support the country's most celebrated UCD graduates and their accomplishments.

RTE weather forecaster at Met Eireann Evelyn Cusack was also honoured last night.

Sexton, who was the youngest ever recipient of the college medal, spoke of his "fond memories" of his three years at the college.

The player, who is now with Parisian club Racing Metro, suggested he may even return to study French.

"I studied engineering for a year and then moved over to commerce and did a degree in that," he said.

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"I might come back here and do something with the French language, seeing as I've spent two years involved with the language."

Sexton asked advice from former teammate Brian O'Driscoll on how to deliver his five-minute acceptance speech.

"We ended up just chatting," he said. "Brian has awards coming out his ears at this stage, but this is the first of a kind for me."

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