Johnny Sexton

Becoming a Lion
  • Becoming a Lion

  • Johnny Sexton - the man who pulled the strings for the Lions - gives an intimate insight into the rugby life in Becoming a Lion.

    With three Heineken Cups and one British and Irish Lions tour victory under his belt, Johnny Sexton is by some distance the leading fly-half in the northern hemisphere. Over the course of the Lions' first victorious Test series in sixteen years, Sexton was the man pulling the strings. His try in the third test was the decisive blow, and his joyous celebrations after scoring were echoed in homes across Britain and Ireland.

    Becoming a Lion is an intimate portrait of life at the highest levels of the professional game - at Leinster, with Ireland, and on tour with the Lions.

    'Bracing and fascinating in equal measure' Malachy Clerkin, Irish Times

    'Riveting ... Opens a remarkable window into the stresses, hurts and insecurities of a professional life in rugby' Vincent Hogan, Irish Independent

    'Captures all the jagged edges that make Sexton one of Irish sport's most compelling characters' Sunday Times

    'Sets a great benchmark for sports autobiographies, given that it is so honest' Matt Cooper, Today FM

    'Engrossing' Rugby World Ireland

    'If you crave an insight into the life of a professional rugby player ... Becoming a Lion is a must' Donal Lenihan, Irish Examiner

    'Intensely revealing' Irish Daily Mail

Born in Dublin in 1985, Johnny Sexton attended St Mary's College, where he won a Leinster senior schools cup in 2002. At Leinster he won three Heineken Cups, taking man of the match honours for his performance in the 2011 final, when he scored two tries in leading a comeback from a 16-point halftime deficit. He started all three tests for the British and Irish Lions in Australia.