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Sunday 19 January 2020

No France move for Sexton

Jonathan Sexton has a year-and-a half left to run on his current IRFU contract. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Jonathan Sexton has a year-and-a half left to run on his current IRFU contract. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Johnny Sexton will not be moving to Lyon next season after reports in France suggested that the Ireland out-half has had his head turned by a big money offer.

The 34-year-old has a year-and-a half left to run on his current IRFU contract, meaning Lyon would have had to pay hefty compensation to release him early.

That, however, will not come to pass as Sexton remains fully committed to Leinster and Ireland.

Lyon are believed to have sounded out Sexton’s interest, but the Top 14 leaders have been knocked back in their search for a new out-half. Sexton has already spent two years playing in France with Racing 92 in 2013, but he won’t be returning there any time soon.

“There is certainly nothing from our end,” Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster said at the province’s UCD base today.

“Johnny is contracted to Leinster and Ireland until 2021, so the only conversation I have had with Johnny is how can he get better, how he can help Leinster get better and how can he play for Ireland

“I can’t see any merit in that (moving). No, no (hint that he might like to move).”

Sexton is currently sidelined with a knee injury and while no return date has been issued yet, he will return to the UK to see a specialist in the coming weeks.

He is expected to miss anything from six to eight weeks, which would put him in the running to return for the Six Nations

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