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O’Gara Shares Touching Story About Sexton Ahead Of World Player Vote

Though their relationship had a rocky start with both players vying for the number 10 Ireland shirt, Ronan O’Gara and Jonathan Sexton have developed into great friends.

Upon his retirement from his playing career, the Munster legend took up a coaching role with Racing 92 and was joined at the club by Sexton, during which time the former rivals struck up a friendship.

Since his return to Leinster in 2015, Sexton has only developed even more as a player and is now considered one of the best out-halves in the world with his international partnership with Conor Murray viewed as being above that of all other countries.

The 33-year-old is one of the candidates for the World Rugby Player of the Year award which will be announced tonight at a ceremony in Monaco at approximately 9.55pm Irish time.

Sexton has enjoyed a stellar 2018. His last-gasp drop goal against France was the crucial moment in Ireland’s Grand Slam victory. His contributions have helped Joe Schmidt’s men to second in the world rankings and to their first-ever win over the All Blacks on home soil.

Ronan O’Gara certainly thinks Sexton is the deserved winner of the award and took to Twitter to share an anecdote of a wonderful gesture by the Leinster outhalf upon learning of O’Gara’s move to the Crusaders.

“The man in line to win World Player of the Year tomorrow night deserves it, not only for his on-field qualities, but also for his off-field. Never had it easy, played AIL for years, nearly lost his Leinster contract but kept persevering. A brilliant player, but a better person with great values.”

“Example: Heard I was moving early to New Zealand. 90% of people text or, on a good day, ring! JS piles his family into the car on a day he should be kicking to do a 650km round trip to wish me well and shake my hand. Didn’t need to but did.”

Also in the mix for the award are Beauden Barrett (New Zealand), Faf de Klerk (South Africa), Rieko Ioane (New Zealand) and Malcolm Marx (South Africa).

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