Ireland captain Johnny Sexton could u-turn on his decision to retire from Rugby World Cup after receiving a huge contract offer.
Sexton was left deflated after his dreams of retiring as an Ireland player with a World Cup victory were shattered by a mighty All Blacks display.
New Zealand held on to win a nerve-jangling quarter-final over a thoroughly-impressive and ultimately-devastated Ireland 28-24 in Paris and move on the face Argentina in the semi-finals on Friday.
For Ireland captain Sexton this was not the fairytale ending that he, his team and his nation had hoped for.
The veteran fly-half, who hung up his boots following the 2023 Rugby World Cup, confirmed in an interview with the Irish Times that he likely won’t go into coaching.
Sexton said: “I would never say never, you never know what life is going to throw at you
“It wouldn’t be my plan straight away, if an offer came in, it wouldn’t be right for me to coach with guys I played with the last number of years.
“I certainly wouldn’t want to jeopardise this year, because if they find out you’re coaching them, the relationship changes straight away. I won’t be doing it for the foreseeable future.
“Rugby is my passion, it’s all I’ve known. I’ve been doing it for 20 years, longer maybe, when I was a kid. But I think it’s important to step away from it to try another walk of life. And then we’ll see what happens.”
“I’ll go and see if I can do something in the business world, I’ve been doing a bit of work experience there over the last few years, one day a week, so I’ll go into that and see how it goes.
“It might not be for me. I might get the itch straight away and come out of retirement, play for St Marys!”
The previous year saw a significant rise in accumulated profits at the management company owned by Johnny Sexton, the renowned rugby captain of Ireland.
The profits surged by nearly £307,000, reaching an impressive total of almost £2.5m.
Sources in Japan suggest Sexton could be offered a one year deal worth close to £1m to shelve his retirement plans and play a year in the Japanese top flight .
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