The Irish Independent understands that the Lions fly-half has reached an agreement with the IRFU and the province on a four-year contract from the start of the 2015/16 campaign.

The deal to bring the Lions fly-half home is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Sexton has opted to return despite Racing’s eagerness to retain his services and interest from Toulon who were willing to pay up to €900,000 per-annum for a long-term replacement for Jonny Wilkinson.


However, the union and Leinster have landed their man for the long-term after handing the 29-year-old a new contract that will keep him in Ireland until 2019. He will become an IRFU employee once again at the end of Racing’s season, which could stretch to mid-June, meaning Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will have full access to his playmaker when preparations begin for next year’s World Cup to be held in England and Wales.

According to sources, the deal has been reached as a result of direct talks between Sexton, IRFU chief executive Philip Browne and his Leinster counterpart Mick Dawson.


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