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Matt Sexton: My Ulster move came as a surprise but I couldn't reject a part in Alan Solomons' ambitious plans

 

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Matt Sexton drives forward against Edinburgh in 2002.

Matt Sexton drives forward against Edinburgh in 2002.

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Matt Sexton with wife Cate and their three children.

Matt Sexton with wife Cate and their three children.

Sexton carries Jack onto the Ravenhill pitch.

Sexton carries Jack onto the Ravenhill pitch.

Matt Sexton drives forward against Edinburgh in 2002.

It's a curveball moment for Matt Sexton when he is reminded that it is nearly two decades since he began his time at Ulster.

All quite a while ago now and though considerable time has elapsed since the New Zealander filled the province's No.2 jersey for three seasons, Sexton is still regarded as being in the vanguard of quality overseas players to put in pitch-time here.

Not bad considering that the former Canterbury Crusaders hooker came to Belfast in 2001 at the back-end of a 10-year playing career which had seen him turning out close to 130 times for his South Island home club.