Friday 24 March 2017

Ireland's leading men abroad

Jonathan Sexton of Racing Metro 92 passes the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter final match between Racing Metro 92 and Saracens at Stade Yves Du Manoir
Jonathan Sexton of Racing Metro 92 passes the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter final match between Racing Metro 92 and Saracens at Stade Yves Du Manoir

Johnny Sexton (Racing Metro) - The 29-year-old out-half will bring an end to his two-year spell in France at the end of the season, having re-signed with Leinster until at least the end of November 2019.

Sexton is yet to win a trophy with the Parisian club and after being knocked out of the Champions Cup quarter-final, all eyes are now on their push for the Top 14 title. They sit in fourth position with four league games left.

Peter Stringer (Bath)

The Munster legend won't have his contract with Bath renewed at the end of the season but the evergreen 37-year-old has confirmed that he will seek a new club as he looks to continue his 17-year career. Stringer has been linked with a move to Leinster as they look for scrum-half cover during the World Cup.

Tomas O'Leary (London Irish)

The Cork native has spent the last three years playing in the Premiership but the move never really worked out for him and he will rejoin Munster on a two-year contract next season. The 31-year-old scrum-half has made 42 appearances for London Irish and after saying that he hopes to break back into the Ireland squad, he will be hoping to impress when Conor Murray is at the World Cup.

Niall Morris (Leicester Tigers)

The former Leinster winger is in his fourth season with Leicester but has missed most of this campaign with an ankle injury. Morris (26) is out of contract at the end of the season but is expected to renew his stay with the Tigers.

James Hart (Grenoble)

The former Clontarf scrum-half has been in and out of Bernard Jackman's side this season but the accomplished place-kicker is still an excellent prospect at 23.

Eamonn Sheridan (London Irish)

The powerful centre has been capped 16 times by the Ireland U-20s and will join French Top 14 side Oyonnax on a two-year contract at the end of the season.

Irish Independent

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