Johnny Sexton remains focused on finishing the year with Leinster and Ireland once the rugby season finally restarts, however, the Ireland captain admits that motivation has been challenging during this coronavirus crisis.

Due to the nature of the sport and its close contact play, rugby will be one of the last to return to competitive action, and the Government has stated that it must wait until 10 August, at the earliest before it can return.

The European competitions are set to run all the way until October, while this year's Six Nations is yet to be completed as the Covid-19 pandemic landed in Europe mid-campaign, which resulted in the postponement of Ireland's home clash with Italy and their visit to Paris.

Sexton has said that he has been keeping himself busy, while working on his fitness and his kicking during the suspension of the season, but has admitted that training on his own has not always been straightforward.

"We've got the end of the Six Nations to finish, we've got the European Cup and the Pro 14 to finish, so there are a lot of things to stay motivated for," said Sexton, speaking with Laya Healthcare on Instagram.

"But it's hard to be motivated all the time," he added. "You've just got to find ways to get over those little lapses. In terms of the training, it's easy to get out and do your fitness, out on the road or in the park, find a field somewhere."

The IRFU had planned that players would return to training on Monday, 18 May, however, that has now been put back until some time in June, and Sexton admitted that the uncertainty surrounding the return to training has been hard to deal with at times.

"You go through ups and downs, you know what I mean?" said Sexton.

"You hear some good news and you're motivated, you're thinking, 'we're back to training next month and I'm going to come back in great shape'. Then you get a setback and you're not coming back for another couple of weeks after that then and you get down on yourself."

Sexton has endeavoured to maintain a strong element of kicking practice in his fitness routine and the Leinster out-half admits that he has had to get creative during this time when a lot of pitches and parks are unavailable.

"It's a challenge because there's not a lot of pitches that are open. I've been down in Dodder Park some mornings, practising, kicking the balls into the trees.

"[My son] Luca came down with me, you figure out ways. Luca fetched them for a while then downed tools and wanted to go home."

Sexton added that he was also working on his game from a leadership perspective, while looking forward to the resumption of the season with the chase for trophies a real added incentive.

"I'm brushing up on podcasts and watch documentaries, keeping myself switched on, to try to improve as a leader and captain. There's loads of things you try to improve during this time.

"Hopefully, when we get back from all this, the Leinster boys will be in great condition, and the Irish boys, whenever we get to meet up again, will be ready to rock.

"I know the big games are still a couple of months away, but if you've got that motivation to try to finish off the season the best way possible and try to go out with a few trophies, that kind of keeps you on the straight and narrow".