Monday 18 December 2017

Sean O'Brien: 'Birth of his son a big factor in Sexton's Leinster return'

Mark O’Regan

Jonathan Sexton's young child and his love of Ireland are the biggest factors in his 'heart v head' decision to return to Leinster.

While still anxious not to confirm his return to the Irish province, team-mate Sean O’Brien confirmed family is playing a central role in the fly-half’s future plans.

“He has a child and he has a family to look after, so he’s a lot more to think about. He will  have to carefully consider his options, and make sure he does the right thing for him. That will be the priority," he told

“Sexto is so strong minded that he’ll know exactly what he wants.

“I haven’t been talking to him lately, but when he makes a decision, he will go with it, and back himself the whole way.”

He added: “He knows his former team-mates would love to see him back but you can’t push him or be on to him the whole time about it, he has to make up his own mind at the end of the day.

“He’ll do what’s best for his family. They put an offer to him, and the ball is in his court”.

Rob Kearney added that very often Irish players who move to France after signing a lucrative contract are drawn back to their roots in Ireland.

“We like staying here. Everyone is more comfortable at home, so when you do move away there definitely is a few months in that transition period, where it’s going to be difficult for everyone.”

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