Ireland stalwart fly-half and captain Johnny Sexton has made it clear that he is not keen to retire any time soon.
The 35 year old, who made his Ireland debut in 2009, has been in reflective mood during the lockdown period.
“One good thing for me, at the age I am at, is this has given me a bit of a taste of what retirement might be like,” said Sexton, “I definitely, definitely don’t want to retire any time soon.
“I’m reading a book called Play On [The New Science of Elite Performance at Any Age by Jeff Bercovici], which Mick Kearney gave to me, the old Irish team manager who’s back currently, he’s sort of part-time team manager now.
“It’s all about how all the top athletes played on until their late 30s, early 40s and I’m reading it like the Bible at the moment and taking in every bit of it.
“My wife’s trying to throw it in the bin every chance she gets but it’s been a good time from that point of view. Time to start again. Really, that’s the way I’m looking at it.”
Over his career, Sexton has racked up 163 caps for Leinster, 40 for Racing 92, 91 for Ireland and 6 for the British & Irish Lions.