Tuesday 23 July 2019

'It’s something I would like to go into eventually' - Johnny Sexton on his coaching aspirations


David Kelly

David Kelly

Grand Slam winner Johnny Sexton has expressed the hope that Joe Schmidt might be persuaded to stay in Ireland beyond the 2019 World Cup.

"His record speaks for itself," said the Irish out-half on 'The Left Wing', independent.ie's rugby podcast with Laya Healthcare.

"It's great that we have him in Ireland and hopefully we can keep him for a bit longer maybe after the World Cup."

Sexton also revealed he may coach some day.

"As a coach, you have so much in terms of travel, moving your family around.

"In an ideal world, yeah, you could finish playing and take over Leinster like Leo Cullen has done.

"That would be the ideal scenario, or take over as national coach. But that is not going to happen.

"You're going to need to get away and get experience like Ronan O'Gara is doing now, like Paul O'Connell. You have to bide your time.

"It's something I would like to go into eventually but my first thought is playing for as long as I can. I love getting up to go to training.

Sexton also confirmed he wants to go on the summer tour to Australia despite suggestions he might be rested.

"Ahead of the World Cup, we want to tick as many boxes as we can."

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