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Sexton named Blues captain; SEXTON IS CULLEN THE SHOTS NOW.

Byline: MICHAEL SCULLY

LEINSTER'S drive to defend their domestic and European double next season will has been boosted by the appointment of Johnny Sexton as the club's new captain. With Isa Nacewa now retired, Sexton will take over the captaincy role and will be assisted by Rhys Ruddock, who Leo Cullen has named as the province's new vice-captain. Head coach Cullen says that Sexton is "hugely excited" by the new role, having led the team in some high TURN TO PAGE 38 we look to maximise the team's potential. "Likewise Rhys, we have seen him grow into an outstanding leader at Leinster and indeed he has captained Ireland on tour to Japan and again last season against Fiji and I think that this appointment today is further evidence of that growth. "You couldn't get two players that better represent the values and behaviours that we want to be judged on than Johnny and Rhys and I look forward to working even closer with them over the coming months." person who is always striving to improve. "And he has driven incredibly high standards during his time at Leinster, where he has become one of the most decorated players in the game. "He has already carried out the role of captain of the team on a number of occasions and we are very fortunate to be able to announce Johnny as club captain for the 2018/19 season as he is a player that greatly deserves this honour. "He is "hugely excited" by the challenge of leading his team-mates over the course of the season as FROM BACK PAGE profile games last term, including the Champions Cup semi-final win over Scarlets last April. Having returned from Racing 92 three years ago, Sexton complained about the erosion of the club's winning culture. But he was hugely influential in restoring it, culminating in the Champions Cup final win - his fourth - and PRO14 title triumph at the end of last season. The 33-year-old out-half is three games off his 150th for Leinster. Cullen (above) stated: "Johnny is a player and

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 8, 2018
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