Ireland vice-captain Johnny Sexton, who was recently named 2018 World Player of the Year, has signed an IRFU contract extension which will see him play his rugby in Ireland up to the end of the 2020/21 season.
Breaking: @JohnnySexton signs contract extension to 2021.— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) December 11, 2018
"I am delighted to sign a new IRFU contract to continue to play for @leinsterrugby and @IrishRugby It is where I have always wanted to play so I am delighted to extend" #shouldertoshoulder #TeamOfUs #Ireland #Sexton pic.twitter.com/1NM6baccOT
Sexton made his Ireland debut against Fiji in November 2009 and has subsequently amassed 78 caps for his country scoring 738 points.
"Johnny's hunger and drive mark him out as a truly world-class competitor," commented David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director.
"He sets a performance benchmark for those around him and is investing in the development of young out-halves in the Ireland squad while also seeking improvement in his own performance.
"He is a model professional and has been at the centre of a lot of the success enjoyed by Irish Rugby over the past few years."
A two time British and Irish Lions tourist, Johnny featured in all six of the Lion's most recent Test matches helping to achieve a series victory in Australia and a drawn series in New Zealand.