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Thursday 18 September 2014

Family key in Sexton's decision to come home, says O'Brien

Published 28/08/2014 | 02:30

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Leinster players, Rob Kearney, Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip, run after kids from Clondalkin Rugby Club in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Damien Eagers
Jonathan Sexton
Leinster players Rob Kearney, Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip reading the Irish Independent. Photo: David Maher

Jonathan Sexton's young child and his love of Ireland are the biggest factors in his 'heart versus head' decision to return to Leinster.

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As it was confirmed that Leinster tabled an offer to bring the fly-half home from France, his Ireland team-mate Sean O'Brien confirmed family will play a central role in Sexton's future plans.

"He has a child and he has a family to look after, so he's a lot more to think about," said the flanker. "He will have to carefully consider his options, and make sure he does the right thing for him. That will be the priority."

O'Brien added: "Sexton is so strong minded that he'll know exactly what he wants.When he makes a decision, he will go with it, and back himself the whole way.

"He'll do what's best for his family. They put an offer to him, and the ball is in his court."

Meanwhile, full-back Rob Kearney added that very often Irish players who move to France after signing a lucrative contract are drawn back to their roots in Ireland.

"We like staying here. Everyone is more comfortable at home, so when you do move away there is definitely a few months in that transition period where it's going to be difficult for everyone," he said.

The players were speaking yesterday as Bank of Ireland extended its sponsorship of Leinster Rugby until the end of June 2019 and they were looking forward to the return of the Leinster Rugby supplement in tomorrow's Irish Independent.

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