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Jonny and Laura Sexton

Jonny and Laura Sexton

Jonny and Laura Sexton

RUGBY star Jonny Sexton has said his baby son Luca was one of the main factors in his decision to re-join Leinster.

The out-half joined French side Racing Metro last season, having previously won the Heineken Cup three times with the Irish province.

The IRFU announced last September that the 29-year-old would return to Leinster at the start of the 2015-2016 season.

Despite a relatively successful spell with Racing Metro, he decided to end his affair with the French club, citing "family reasons".

"I'd like my son to see me play for Leinster - I'd like him to come to the RDS every week," he said.

"I'd like him to have his aunties and uncles around him. When I left I took a lot away from my family."

Luca was born in Paris last June, only three days after his famous dad returned from international duty in Argentina.

Sexton and wife Laura initially wanted to give their son a French name, but couldn't decide on one.

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"We were thinking about Louis or Francois, seeing as he was born in Paris, but we didn't really like them," said Sexton.

"Then Laura suggested Luc and we really liked it."

Sexton admitted they weren't "well prepared" when it came to picking a name and within the space of about 20 minutes, this had changed to Luca.

The baby remained in hospital for two weeks, with Sexton's former rival Ronan O'Gara being one of the first to visit.

"My friends from the club came in, and we had the O'Garas here, so it was a challenge in some ways to do it all ourselves but it was nice," said Sexton.

He also told how he got over the heartache of missing a vital kick against New Zealand in 2013, one that potentially would have set Ireland up for their first ever victory over the world champions.

"I've had loads of kicks in the last seconds of a game when you know, 'As soon as I kick this it's over'. That game wasn't over," he said.

"I missed, and we lost, but maybe I'll get one down the line against New Zealand in the World Cup."

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