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Monday 18 December 2017

Watch: Johnny Sexton explains how the 'little bit of Kerry in him' led to one of his career regrets

Leinster's Jonathan Sexton celebrates in front of Munster's Ronan O'Gara in 2009
Leinster's Jonathan Sexton celebrates in front of Munster's Ronan O'Gara in 2009 Newsdesk Newsdesk

Johnny Sexton has once again admitted that one of the regrets in his career came in 2009 when he clashed with Munster's Ronan O'Gara.

The incident was captured in an iconic photo by Sportsfile's Matt Brown with Sexton standing and roaring over a grounded O'Gara as Leinster celebrated a try.

Speaking on Friday's Late Late Show, Sexton said he didn't show respect to O'Gara and admitted that he "let himself down".

"I know he (O'Gara) is over in Paris having a cup of Barry's tea with Jessica watching this because I would have been with him if I was still in Paris," said Sexton.

"That's one of the regrets I have in my career, well I have a few regrets but that's one of them...I had so mush respect for him as a player.

"I didn't know him as a person but..we had a few words on the pitch in the fixture beforehand that got carried over. I bottled it up as I do and sort of let it come out in that moment. 

"It didn't show the respect I had for him and all that he had achieved. I was really just a young kid chasing him and trying to aspire to be like him.

"I let myself down a little in that moment. A lot of the Munster players have said to me after that they respected me for doing it, because it was a very Munster thing to do so it was probably the little bit of Kerry in me that got me in that trouble.

"It didn't reflect well. It was on the front of the paper for the next few days and I think my mum was more disappointed than anyone."

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