Sexton lands permanent London Irish contract
Jerry Sexton has been rewarded for his impressive form with London Irish last season with a permanent deal with the club.
The 23-year-old, younger brother of Ireland out-half Johnny, is a product of the Leinster Academy and has played for the Ireland U-20s. With Ian Nagle joining Leinster next season, Irish have been on the hunt for a second-row and having joined on loan from Exeter Chiefs in February, Sexton has made the move permanent.
London Irish were relegated to the Championship for the first time since 1994, and Sexton will be hoping to help get the club back to the top flight.
"I'm pleased to have made my move permanent and I'm looking forward to helping the club achieve promotion back to the Aviva Premiership at the first time of asking," he said.
Meanwhile, Connacht have signed tighthead prop Dominic Robertson-McCoy from New Zealand. The 22-year-old has played for the Auckland Blues development side and is Irish-qualified through his grandfather, who is from Armagh.
Elsewhere, Leinster have announced that eight fresh faces will join their Academy next season, taking the total to 20.
Ireland U-20 stars James Ryan, Max Deegan, Andrew Porter, Conor O'Brien and Hugo Keenan will enter at year one.
Harrison Brewer and Steve Crosbie will leave the province, with Edinburgh understood to be interested in Crosbie.
Leinster Academy 2016/17
Year three: R Byrne, I Fitzpatrick, N McCarthy, R O'Loughlin, P Timmins.
Year two: J Carbery, O Heffernan, J Loughman, S McNulty, Josh Murphy, D O'Connor, C Rock.
Year one: W Connors, M Deegan, H Keenan, C O'Brien, J O'Brien, A Porter, J Power, J Ryan.