Rugby. Stuart Lancaster at Racing 92: An Irish legend could succeed him at Leinster

Stuart Lancaster will settle down at Racing 92 next season to replace Laurent Travers. (©Icon Sport)

According to L’Équipe, the former England coach (2011-2015), Stuart Lancastercurrently on the bench Leinsterwill be the new manager of Race 92, from next season, replacing Laurent Travers. Since 2016, the 52-year-old technician has been assistant coach at Leinster, in charge of the attack. Moreover, Lancaster could take in his luggage his former sidekick on the Leinster bench, Felipe Contepomigone for 5 months leads the Argentine selection, but loses part of the plans of the English (after the World Cup), like one or two other assistants.

At the same time, the Irish press advances the name of the Irish star Jonathan Sexon (37 years old; 108 selections) to succeed Stuart Lancaster, as Leinster attacking coach. If nothing is yet recorded, this hypothesis seems to be gaining momentum across the Channel where it is announced that “Johnny Sexton is tailor-made for such a role”.

Sexton: ‘When you think of coaching, you think of coaching Leinster’

Under contract with the Irish federation until the end of the 2023 World Cup, which he makes a priority objective, the opening half of the XV of Clover, Jonathan Sexton, expressed his desire to hang up his crampons after this World Cup in France. “I just want to make the most of the last 18 months of my career and come out on top,” he said in March after signing his final contract extension. Leinster head coach Leo Cullen recently announced that Sexton may well decide to continue his career beyond this global deadline, but it still seems unlikely, according to Irish media outlet Extra.ie.

Would he seek to imitate his ex-teammates Cullen, Contepomi and O’Gara, by crossing the other side of the barrier? Over the course of his career, the Leinster goalscorer has had mixed responses to this. In 2017, he openly declared that he wanted to grab a tracksuit and a whistle after his retirement from sport. “Coaching is obviously a possibility,” he said. “I have my level 1 coaching diploma, I still have a few levels to progress. If you want to coach in France, you have other levels to do there. That’s something I could look into… When you think of coaching, you think of living in Dublin and coaching Leinster. This would be an ideal situation, but only one person can do it. »

Disciple of Joe Schmidt, Ireland coach from 2013 to 2019 and current assistant coach of the All Blacks, Jonathan Sexton “is a kind of player coach anyway, driving the game plan on the field”, adds the Irish press. “In terms of rugby intellect, few could match Sexton. »

“If there is a character to succeed in such a challenge, it is Sexton”

Except that lately, the latter has cooled off at the idea of ​​​​staying in rugby, after having stopped it. He made strides in the business world. Armed with a business degree, he owns his own management company and also works with the Ardagh Group, a global supplier of sustainable packaging. “When he retires, he won’t be short of TV work or consulting either. He could end up like Brian O’Driscoll and reconcile the two, making a lucrative and comfortable career after rugby, “adds local media Extra.ie, before continuing:

Yet, you demonstrate that his innate competitive instincts might draw him into the professional game at some point. His mentor Schmidt lasted just 12 months in a desk job with World Rugby before returning to training with the Blues in Super Rugby once he returned home to Auckland. If he decided to pursue a coaching career, Johnny Sexton would most likely seek opportunities abroad to learn his trade, with France being the most likely destination. But that choice could uproot her young family, which is never ideal. The pitfalls of stepping into the staff of your home club just after retirement are also obvious, but if there’s one character with the personality, drive and presence to pull off such a move, it’s good. Sexton.

The Irish newspaper Extra.Ie

We can already imagine a European duel between Jonathan Sexton and his lifelong rival Ronan O’Gara, stationed in La Rochelle. That would really suck!

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