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RugbyU: French life not all sweet for Sexton

Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton has revealed he felt like quitting French club Racing Metro after struggling to adjust to life in Paris following a high-profile move. The former Leinster star became the first major Ireland player of his generation to pursue a club career in the Top 14, with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) largely successful in persuading Sexton's team-mates to stay with their home provinces.

RugbyU: Sexton hoping to adapt quickly to life in France

Jonathan Sexton has spoken about his determination to pick up the French language following his move to Racing Metro in France's Top 14. The Ireland fly-half is one of several big money moves from Britain and Ireland to the big-spending Parisians. Alongside fellow British and Irish Lions Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate, Sexton has decided the time has come at 28 to try something new following three European titles, a Challenge Cup success and two Celtic League victories with Leinster. But paramount to his smooth transition to Parisian life is the local language.

RugbyU: Sexton hoping to race to success in France

British and Irish Lion fly-half Jonathan Sexton has set his sights high after joining big spending Racing Metro in the French Top 14. Speaking at his official unveiling to the press Tuesday, after just two days of training with his new teammates, the 28-year-old Irishman said he was hoping to be part of a new era of success at the famous old Parisian club. And just over two weeks after his leading role in guiding the Lions to Tour victory in Australia, Sexton is still riding on a wave of emotion.

UPDATE 2-Rugby-Ireland flyhalf Sexton to join France's Racing

(Adds details) By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Ireland's Jonathan Sexton will join French side Racing Metro next season after the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) said on Friday the flyhalf would not be renewing his contract with European champions Leinster. Sexton, who won three Heineken Cups in four seasons with Leinster and has become one of Ireland's most influential players, has been offered a two-year contract with the Paris-based side, a source close to the deal told Reuters.

Rugby-Ireland flyhalf Sexton to leave Leinster for France

DUBLIN, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Ireland flyhalf Jonathan Sexton will leave European champions Leinster to play his club rugby in France next season, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) said in a statement on Friday. Sexton, who won three Heineken Cups in four seasons with Leinster and has become one of Ireland's most influential players, has been linked by local media with a move to Racing Metro and was out of contract at the end of the season.
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