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Sexton to decide on Leinster return

20th August 2014 06:26

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Paris or home: Jonathan Sexton

Racing Métro and Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton is close to deciding whether he will remain with the Parisian club for a third season.

Sexton signed a two-year deal with the Top 14 big spenders in 2013, with the option of a third year.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, who worked closely with Sexton at Leinster, understandably however would prefer to bring his fly-half back home in preparation for next year's Rugby World Cup.

Sexton and his wife were in Paris for the birth of their son and the 29-year-old admitted that he was close to a final decision, without hinting which way the cards would fall.

"I'm just sort of taking my time. Obviously I just have a baby boy that's taking up a lot of time, that's taking up all of my time to be honest, I can barely fit in training at the moment. That brings challenges with living abroad, you do what Laura and I are doing living by ourselves," Sexton told the Irish Times.

"We'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks. I think it will obviously be sorted out sooner rather later.

"I think everyone knows where I stood after, with the interviews that I gave when I left so I will see what happens."

An inconsistent first campaign with Racing saw Sexton come under fire for his performances, but he admits that with the combination of being on the Lions tour and the turnover in personnel that winning trophies wasn't going to be easy.

"Last year was always going to be difficult in hindsight. Obviously we didn't say that at the time but we had 14 new players, all staff was new, half those new players didn't speak any French so it was always going to take time," added Sexton.

"You're walking on egg shells with guys you don't know, guys you're trying to build a relationship with. It was a bit of a disaster to be honest, the start of last season I played 14 games in a row straight after a Lions tour so it wasn't ideal for me either.

"Look, it's obviously started a little bit better now but we'll see.

"We've got to go forward, we got some big wins away from home and we haven't backed them up so that's obviously the next step for this team."

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