British & Irish Lions

Johnny Sexton eager to face Springboks for 3rd Lions tour

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Johnny Sexton (Getty Images)
Johnny Sexton (Getty Images)

Veteran Ireland flyhalf Johnny Sexton says he harbours hopes of a third British & Irish Lions tour.

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Sexton, who turns 35 on 11 July, played for the Lions on their two previous tours in Australia (2013) and New Zealand (2017) and is hoping to make it a hat-trick of tours next year in South Africa.

Sexton was the latest guest on All Blacks legend Dan Carter's Kickin' It interview series on Instagram where they discussed a wide-ranging set of topics, including the Irishman's ambition to front the Springboks in 2021.

"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't something I haven't thought a hell of a lot about," Sexton said.

"It's the pinnacle of any northern hemisphere player's career, and to do it three times would be incredibly special, but all I can control really is getting myself in the best shape I can over the next three or four months, or however long it is before we come back, and try and use this time positively.

"I've got to look at it positively and say that hopefully this time will get my body in the best shape its been in for a few years and hit the ground running starting next year and see what happens.

"But it would be a dream to do it again. But a lot needs to happen for that to happen. I need to play well for Leinster, I need to play well for Ireland, and then hopefully put my name on the shop window for that tour."

Sexton has played 91 Tests for Ireland and six for the Lions.

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