Johnny Sexton is coming home. Reports of a deal to bring the Irish out half back from Racing Metro emerged a few weeks ago, but the IRFU have now announced the 29 year old has signed a 4 year which will start at the end of the season.
It is great news for Leinster fans and Irish coach Joe Schmidt. He will now have his star playmaker under his control ahead of the World Cup. Schmidt vented his frustration when Sexton was forced to play 13 games in 12 weeks last year. That led to a leg problem which threw his participation in the November Test Series into doubt. He then missed a crucial kick in the game against New Zealand, leaving fans to question whether Ireland would have finally beaten the All Blacks had he been fresher.
Sexton suffered a broken jaw during Racing Metro's Top 14 win over Toulon over the weekend, but should be back for the upcoming Autumn Internationals.