The brother of Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton has signed for South African Guinness Pro14 franchise the Southern Kings.
Jerry Sexton will ply his trade in Port Elizabeth after signing a three-year deal with the Kings, that could see him line up against his brother, who returned to home province Leinster in 2015. Leinster are the Pro14’s most successful side with five titles.
The 26-year-old currently captains English second tier side Jersey Reds, whom he joined in 2017 after a two-year stint at London Irish.
“This is an exciting period in my career,” Sexton said.
“I have been following the Isuzu Southern Kings, particularly in the Guinness Pro14, and I am looking forward to be part of the team, the culture and the exciting new era that lies ahead for the franchise.
“I am grateful for the years spent at Jersey Reds and the role the club played in the growth of my career. I look forward to further growth and making a positive contribution at the Isuzu Southern Kings.”
Jersey Reds Director of Rugby, Harvey Biljon, wished Sexton well. The lock enjoyed a phenomenal streak of form and fitness at the Reds, featuring in all 43 league matches the club has played since he joined.
“Jerry has contributed a huge amount during his time in Jersey and to see another player get the opportunity to play at the next level is very rewarding for the coaches and should also motivate the players to continue to work towards reaching their own goals.
“We will all enjoy watching Jerry play in the Guinness PRO14 and potentially even see the ‘Sexton v Sexton’ match-up. I trust he will enjoy South Africa but we hope that we’ll see Jerry in Jersey again in the future.”
Southern Kings’ Director of High Performance Robbi Kempson said:
“It is part of our ambitious plan to bring quality players to assist us reach our goal of becoming a world-class side, and the inclusion of individuals like Jerry will bolster this process.”
Sexton’s inclusion in the Southern Kings squad follows that of Eastern Cape-born utility back Courtney Winnaar, who signed for the side a fortnight ago from the Sharks. Sexton will join up with the Kings on 1 July.