Ireland and Leinster out-half Johnny Sexton has signed a one-year central contract extension with the IRFU.

The new deal for the 35-year-old fly-half, who is three caps short of 100 with Ireland, will run until the end of the 2021-22 season.

Sexton recently indicated that he could finish his international career before the next World Cup in 2023, by which time he will be 38. 

"I am really enjoying my rugby and I want to keep learning and adding value to both the Ireland and Leinster environments," he said. 

"My appetite for success is the same as it ever was and the ambitions of both the Ireland and Leinster squads match my own."

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora also welcomed the news and pointed to Sexton's experience and his role in helping younger players to develop. 

"Johnny continues to show he has the quality and appetite to compete at the highest levels," he said.

"He is playing an important leadership role with the Ireland squad and his insight and experience continues to be of great value to the group."

A two-time Lions tourist in 2013 and 2017, Sexton has won three Six Nations titles with Ireland and four European Cups with Leinster.  He has represented his provinces on 171 occasions scoring 1505 points.

The 2018 World Player of the Year took on the national team captaincy from Rory Best following the 2019 World Cup.

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