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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt hopeful of Jonny Sexton return

Last Updated: 18/03/14 3:24pm

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Joe Schmidt hopes Johnny Sexton returns to Ireland

Joe Schmidt hopes Johnny Sexton returns to Ireland

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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt admits he would be "delighted" if Johnny Sexton returned to provincial rugby in his homeland.

The British & Irish Lions fly-half is currently plying his trade for Racing Metro in the Top 14 having left Leinster - but Schmidt is making no secret of his desire to see Sexton back in Ireland.

"It would be great to have Johnny back in the country," said the New Zealander. "I don't think I've ever made any debate of that.

"To be honest the talk is outside anything that we've done right now. If there's a chance of it happening I'd be delighted.

"It's fantastic what the IRFU have done with all the players who came up for contract, our targets this season, they've signed them all on.

"If Johnny were to come back it would be great, but one of the problems with that is that Johnny is pretty much a man of his word.

"He's committed to Racing, and it would be pretty hard to see him coming out of there.

"I can't see it, unless Racing were interested in the idea - and I think Johnny's done a pretty good job for them."

Sexton, 28, was part of the Leinster side that won three Heineken Cups between 2008 and 2012.

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