Sexton looking forward to working with O’Gara at Racing Metro

Ireland fly-half Jonny Sexton says he is relishing working with Ronan O'Gara at Racing Metro next season

Jonny Sexton says he is relishing the prospect of working with his former Ireland team-mate Ronan O’Gara at Racing Metro next season.

The Munster legend, who announced his retirement last Friday, has been confirmed as the new kicking coach at Racing, with Sexton set to swap Leinster for the Top 14 side in the summer.

Sexton has been first choice for Ireland since the 2009/10 season but was injured during this year’s Six Nations as O’Gara and then Paddy Jackson both stepped in to replace him at No10.

And after the best part of a decade vying with each other, Sexton admits that his old rival’s decision to join him in Paris certainly took him by surprise.

“I thought Ronan would go for another season with Munster,” Sexton said.

“I thought they’d want to hold on to him. But if he does come over with me it will be great.

“[O’Gara will be] someone to help me settle in and someone I can fall back on who has a lot of experience. I don’t know what his role exactly is, we’ll have to sit down and have a talk.

“We’ve developed a really good friendship over the last few years. Obviously we didn’t get off on the best note, but we’ve had a really strong relationship and I really look forward to working with him.”

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