Sexton reveals retirement plan with Irish star ready to skip coaching career

Johnny Sexton is already taking steps towards life after rugby as he reveals the plan he put in place after his retirement.

While number ten is still at the top of his game, the 36-year-old is in the home stretch of his career.

The Leinster star has already confirmed he will retire from the sport following the conclusion of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

Johnny Sexton has revealed his plan after retirement. Photo: INPHO/Evan Treacy

The Irish skipper has already stepped away from professional sport by taking a job with the Ardagh Group in Leopardstown.

Sexton has a business degree from his time with UCD and hopes to work with the glass and metal products producer when he hangs up his boots.

“I’m doing a bit of work experience at the moment with a big company and spending a day a week trying to prepare for life after rugby,” Sexton told the Ray D’Arcy Show.

Johnny Sexton’s retirement plans do not include coaching at this time. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

“I have been up there to learn from their people and it is very impressive.

“I hope when rugby ends I go there, and maybe they can learn things from me and hopefully I can learn a lot from them and show myself in another life away from sport. “

While the opener would like to work in rugby, he admits that coaching life is not for him.

Johnny Sexton’s retirement plan doesn’t see him following the likes of Ronan O’Gara. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

“I think I could add something to the sport as well, but I think with family life it’s very difficult to become a coach,” he explained.

‘You have to do the tough jobs – you obviously see ROG [and] what he did: retire, go to New Zealand, go to France and go back to France — I’m not sure I want to do that.

“Rugby is all I’ve really known for the last 20 years so it will be a big loss every time I let it go.”


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