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Richie Murphy, Leinster skills & kicking coach. Picture: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Richie Murphy, Leinster skills & kicking coach. Picture: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Richie Murphy, Leinster skills & kicking coach. Picture: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Assistant coach Richie Murphy thinks "there is a chance" Jonathan Sexton could return to Leinster in the summer of 2015.

Murphy signed a two-year extension to his Leinster contract earlier this year and built a close working relationship with the Ireland out-half from Sexton's breakthrough season of 2008-2009 to his departure last summer.

"Obviously, it will be Johnny's decision at the end of the day. From our point of view, he's a world-class player. He's a Leinster boy - and I think he still is a Leinster boy at heart.

"I think it would be fantastic if we could get him home and, hopefully, that's the way it will go".

This runs contrary to a strong body of opinion that Sexton will soon extend his contract at Racing Metro by one, maybe even two years on the basis of financial gain and the fact that he is better settled into life in Paris.

"We've had some texts and some small chats but we haven't actually been talking about the situation," added Murphy.

"Because of the relationship I don't really want to get involved with that stuff because it just throws it off, I'm better off just leaving that to him, his agents and the people who are looking after his contracts."

For his part, Murphy will double-up this season as an assistant coach for Leinster and kicking coach for Ireland and the Greystones man is convinced head coach Matt O'Connor's second season should yield a better return in standards.

"We weren't playing fantastic rugby all last year. But, we were very hard to beat. We got, at least, a bonus-point in every game in the PRO12. We had some good performances in Europe.

"Going forward, I think we will see more of Matt coming out of the team than we did last year because, early on, you are sucking and seeing how you can find your feet.

"I think the guys understand now much better what he expects from them."


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