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BREAKING: Sexton to Become Connacht Assistant Coach

Mark Sexton has been announced to be Connacht’s new Assistant Coach, for the 2023/24 United Rugby Championship season. Mark’s brother is Ireland fly half Johnny Sexton, and despite an untimely injury ending the halfback’s Leinster career, there will still be a Sexton involved in the league next season.

Mark Sexton has been confirmed to line-up alongside Connacht Head Coach Pete Wilkins. Sexton is currently involved with Connacht, as the club’s Academy Development Officer. Sexton is also the Attack Coach for the currently unbeatable Ireland U20s, who mirrored the senior squad with a 2023 Six Nations Grand Slam.

“Mark’s appointment is another positive step for us,” said Wilkins to Irish sports outlet

“He’s an excellent coach who we know very well and who has benefitted from his experience with our Academy and with the Ireland U20s.

“Mark has a strong understanding of what we are trying to do from an attacking point of view and more importantly how we can move this forward again next season.

“His knowledge of our younger players – both in the academy and those who have recently graduated to our pro team is another valuable perspective to have within our management team and I look forward to working closely with him in his new role.

“With the coaching team now complete, I’m incredibly excited to get going for next season and to build on the progress we have made over the last few years.

“We’ve assembled a group that provides a good balance of continuity and change, both within the management team and within the squad.

“Coupled with our return to the Champions Cup there is a lot to look forward to and the hard work begins when we gather for pre-season training in early July.”

Navidi, Jones, Hogg and Sexton reveal new careers after confirming retirement

We take a look at the interesting career moves that a number of soon to be retired rugby players are making…

#1. Josh Navidi

Together with his friend Jack Wilkins, he operates a thriving car dealership known as Cute Club. Additionally, he is a renowned DJ who frequently performs in the Cardiff nightlife scene.

“It started off with me just buying my own cars, driving them, and then selling them the next year because I’ve always been a petrol head,” he told Wales Online.

“I’ve always had sporty cars but now I go for stuff with less fuel, and I’ve always changed my cars every year.

“I started going to auctions for my own stuff and then boys were asking me what’s the best VIP deal with all these lease deals that we get offered.

“I was advising some of the Cardiff boys for years on how to get the best deals for cars, and some boys were asking for cars you couldn’t get on the VIP scheme.

“They wanted all sorts like performance cars and one thing led to another.

“Boys started asking about finance and then it led me down that path, then into warranties, and then we would just meet people day to day.

“Now we have got a forecourt, and we are a car dealership which buys and sells cars.

“We are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, but we take appointments in the evenings, and on the weekend.”