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Thursday 15 November 2018

'He is a player that greatly deserves this honour' - Johnny Sexton named as new Leinster captain

12 May 2018; Jonathan Sexton of Leinster kicks a penalty during the European Rugby Champions Cup Final match between Leinster and Racing 92 at the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao, Spain. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
12 May 2018; Jonathan Sexton of Leinster kicks a penalty during the European Rugby Champions Cup Final match between Leinster and Racing 92 at the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao, Spain. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Out-half Johnny Sexton has been named Leinster's new captain ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Sexton replaces Isa Nacewa, who retired at the end of last year's double-winning campaign. Back row Rhys Ruddock has been named as Leinster' vice-captain, with Sexton taking on his first full-time captaincy role with the province.

Speaking following the announcement, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen hailed the out-half's leadership qualities.

"Johnny is a player and person who is always striving to improve and get better and he has driven incredibly high standards during his time at Leinster, where he has become one of the most decorated players in the game," Cullen said.

"He has already carried out the role of captain of the team on a number of occasions and we are very fortunate to be able to announce Johnny as club captain for the 2018/19 season as he is a player that greatly deserves this honour.

"He is hugely excited by the challenge of leading his teammates over the course of the season as we look to maximise the team’s potential."

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