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The Tom Sexton interview - Part 1: 'The day after I told Leinster I was leaving, I wasn't included in training sessions'

In part one of three articles, Tom Sexton opens up on what it is like trying to make it at Leinster

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Former Leinster hooker Tom Sexton opens up on his time trying to break into the first-team at the province. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Former Leinster hooker Tom Sexton opens up on his time trying to break into the first-team at the province. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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Former Leinster hooker Tom Sexton opens up on his time trying to break into the first-team at the province. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

This is the true story of a hometown hero who crashed at Leinster and burned out in Australia.

Tom Sexton was showered with all the accolades as captain of Belvedere College's 2008 Leinster Schools Senior Cup-winning squad, ushered into the Leinster Academy as part of the pre-ordained pathway.

Life couldn't have been any better, the Ireland U20s there to smooth the transition from school to professionalism, learning his trade at provincial level behind Ireland internationals Richardt Strauss and Sean Cronin.