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Sexton sets points record for Ireland in win over Tonga at Rugby World Cup

Sexton sets points record for Ireland in win over Tonga at Rugby World Cup

Johnny Sexton became Ireland’s all-time Test points scorer as Ireland swept aside Tonga at the World Cup on Saturday after Wales made it two pool wins in two.

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Johnny Sexton in Nantes, France on September 16, 2src23 during Ireland's match against Tonga in the Rugby World Cup.

Johnny Sexton in Nantes, France on September 16, 2023 during Ireland’s match against Tonga in the Rugby World Cup. © Lois Venance, AFP

Ireland ran in eight tries in a convincing 59-16 bonus-point win against the Tongans in Nantes, but it was when Sexton touched down in the 38th minute that history was made.

Sexton, 38, jumped to his feet with a huge grin and was mobbed by his teammates after moving to 1,090 points to surpass his predecessor as Irish fly-half, Ronan O’Gara.

Yet a far tougher test awaits next Saturday when Ireland head to Paris to take on defending champions South Africa.

The record was “a lovely personal milestone,” Sexton sai

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