Rugby ‘I’m pretty sure he’s not ruling himself out of the next World Cup’ – Leinster coach backs Johnny Sexton to continue

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Rugby Ireland's Johnny Sexton walks off dejected after the New Zealand match. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Ireland’s Johnny Sexton walks off dejected after the New Zealand match. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Felipe Contepomi. Photo: Sportsfile

Felipe Contepomi says Johnny Sexton could feature at the 2023 World Cup. The Argentinean veteran of four editions of rugby’s showpiece tournament believes Sexton (34) can follow in his boots.

“I haven’t spoken personally with him, but I’m pretty sure he’s not ruling himself out of the next World Cup,” said the Leinster assistant coach. “He needs to keep fit, definitely, and age is something you can’t move backwards.”

The arrows of anger fired in Sexton’s direction as one who should be moved aside to allow Joey Carbery to flourish would appear to be of the mark. Coach Andy Farrell is sure to muster every asset to take Ireland forward.

“He’s a guy, if he’s frustrated, he’ll always bounce back and get the best out of himself,” noted Contepomi. “People say many thin

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