Jonathan Sexton rugby player
Jonathan Sexton rugby player

Jonathan Sexton

11th Jul 1985 1.88m/92kg Fly Half

A schools rugby legend, Sexton’s late drop goal won St. Mary’s the 2002 Leinster Senior Cup Schools final. Sexton’s impressive form for his school and club, St.Mary’s RFC, saw him selected to play for Leinster firstly in 2006. Known for his versatility, Sexton can play full back, centre, or fly half.

Sexton is known for his distribution and exceptional vision. At 28 years of age, Sexton has all the attributes to see him become one of Ireland’s greatest ever fly halves. Sexton replaced Leinster legend Felipe Contepomi as Leinster’s first choice fly half and has since exceeded the Argentines achievements.

At Irish level, too, Sexton has had competition from a legendary figure, Ronan O’Gara. Sexton was Ireland’s first choice fly half in the 2011 World Cup. To date, Sexton has won 51 Irish Caps, and has various medals for Leinster, including three Heineken Cups.

Having been selected to travel with the 2013 British and Irish Lions touring party, the mercurial 10 was an early test certainty, and played a pivotal role in all three tests which culminated in an historic victory over the Australians, a first Lions series win in 13 years.

In 2013, after six immensely successful season at Leinster, which included over 100 caps, Sexton made the move to France, becoming one of the worlds best paid players at Racing Metro. He played an influential role in helping Ireland win back to back Six Nations campaigns in 2014 and 2015.

Following speculation during the summer of 2014, Sexton signed a contract to bring him back to Leinster for the 2015/16 season until at least November 2019. For Ireland, the 2015 season was another successful one for the Dublin native, as he lead Ireland to victory in the 2015 Six Nations championship.

One of, if not the best, fly-halves in the world, Sexton was selected in the Irish squad for the 2015 World Cup squad. He became only the third Irishman to tally 500 test points in the RWC2015 opening pool game v Canada.

Missed starting only 1 game in the last 3 Championships, taking the title in 2014 & 2015. Ireland's top points scorer all 3 years.

Sexton is reaching the twilight of his successful career. He missed this summer's tour to South Africa following shoulder surgery from an injury sustained during the Pro 12 final. He will be eager to be a part of next summer's British & Irish Lions squad to tour New Zealand.

The Leinster out-half damaged his right hamstring in the defeat to New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium after struggling with his left hamstring in the lead-in to November. However he returned for Ireland in the 2017 6 Nations, as they finished runners up to England.

For the second time in his career, Sexton was named in the British and Irish Lions squad to travel to NZ.

Sexton finished the 2018 Six Nations with 73 caps for Ireland.

(LS May 11, 2018)

Career

St-Marys-College-RFC-logo-2 St. Mary's
Fly Half
leinster Leinster Rugby
Fly Half
2006 - present
ireland Ireland
Fly Half
2009 - present
R2fRSPlg British & Irish Lions
Fly Half
2013 - present
LwqcT_Cq St Marys College (Dublin)
Fly Half
logo_racing2 Racing 92
Fly Half
2013 - 2015