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Published: 02:23 | 28/12/15

Jonny Sexton: Leinster struggles have affected me

Jonny Sexton admits his own form has been affected by Leinster’s recent poor displays.

Sexton agreed a four-year deal with Leinster this summer after two years at Racing Metro, but his return to Ireland has been far from glorious with the Irish province struggling under new head coach Leo Cullen.

Leinster lie fifth in the Pro 12 table, behind Connacht, Ulster and Munster, and are on the verge of exiting the European Rugby Champions Cup following four defeats in four matches.

Sexton was criticised for his poor decision-making in Leinster’s 24-9 defeat to Toulon at the Stade Felix Mayol on 13 December, but the 30-year-old feels that the whole team has been under-performing.

“The out-half is only as good as the guys around him and the coaching staff,” he told the Sunday Times.

“Sometimes you go through a stage where things aren’t clicking and it can make your job a little bit more difficult.

“Am I place-kicking badly? Am I tackling badly? Am I passing badly? Am I kicking badly out of hand? I’m not doing anything badly. There is massive expectation but I always feel a burden.

“I would have loved to come back in and everything to be perfect. There’s been lots of reasons it hasn’t happened.”

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