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Six Nations Stars: Johnny Sexton

An inspirational captain of his country, 37-year-old Johnny Sexton goes in search of his fourth Six Nations Championship win in 2023.

We take a deep dive into Sexton's background and legendary rugby career...

Johnny Sexton Profile

NameJohnny Sexton
NationIreland
Place of BirthDublin
Age37
ClubLeinster
PositionFly-half
Height6ft 2in
Weight91kg
International Caps109
International Points1,015

Who is Johnny Sexton?

Johnny Sexton is the captain of Ireland's international rugby union team. Sexton has made 109 appearances for Ireland's senior side, scoring 1,015 points. 

Sexton has also represented the British & Irish Lions six times.

Where is Johnny Sexton from?

Sexton was born in Rathgar, a suburb of Dublin in Ireland. He also has family ties in North Kerry and West Clare. Sexton's uncle, William Sexton, played rugby for Garryowen, Munster and the Ireland national team. 

Growing up, Sexton played mini rugby with Bective Rangers in Donnybrook, Dublin, and attended St Mary's College in the Irish capital. It was his performances for his school team which caught the attention of professional club Leinster.

How old is Johnny Sexton?

Sexton is 37 years old. He was born on 11th July 1985.

What club does Johnny Sexton play for?

Sexton is the captain of Irish club Leinster, who compete in the United Rugby Championship and the European Rugby Champions Cup.

Sexton began his career as a professional at Leinster in 2006, spending seven years at the club before transferring to Racing 92 in France in 2013.

The Irish legend returned to Leinster two years later in 2015, where he continues to play today.

What position does Johnny Sexton play?

Johnny Sexton plays as a fly-half, and is the regular place-kicker for both club and country.

Sexton prepares to take a conversion during Ireland's 32-15 victory against England at Twickenham in the 2022 Six Nations.

Is Johnny Sexton injured?

Sexton underwent surgery at the beginning of January after injuring his cheekbone in action for Leinster against Connacht in the United Rugby Championship.

This injury has placed the Ireland captain's participation in the Six Nations in doubt, although he was deemed fit enough to be named in manager Andy Farrell's 37-man squad selection with the hope he can recover in time.

Is Johnny Sexton retiring?

Sexton announced plans to retire after the 2023 Rugby World Cup during the 2021 Six Nations, although the Ireland skipper has recently not ruled out playing on following the showpiece in France later this year.

How many points has Johnny Sexton scored?

Johnny Sexton's 1,015 points for Ireland ranks him second in his nation's all-time standings behind Ronan O'Gara on 1,083.

The Ireland captain stands as one of the highest points-scorers in the history of international rugby union.

Has Johnny Sexton played for the British & Irish Lions?

Sexton has been selected to represent the British & Irish Lions on two occasions - in 2013 and 2017. Sexton has made six appearances for the Lions in total, scoring five points.

Ireland Six Nations odds

To Win Outright - 11/8
Grand Slam - 11/4
Triple Crown - 13/10
To Finish Bottom - 66/1
Top 2 Finish - 2/5
Bottom 2 Finish - 16/1
Top Point Scoring Nation - 7/5

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