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Kidney backs Sexton to do 'right things'


Jonathan Sexton, right, made his Ireland debut in 2009

Jonathan Sexton, right, made his Ireland debut in 2009

Jonathan Sexton, right, made his Ireland debut in 2009

Ireland coach Declan Kidney is confident fly-half Jonathan Sexton will not be lured to France's Top 14 by money.

Sexton is reportedly the subject of a 750,000 euros (£625,000) a year offer from Racing Metro. On Sunday, he met with the French side's chairman Jacky Lorenzetti to discuss the possibility of a switch from Leinster.

Asked if a Sexton move to France would spark an exodus of leading Irish talent, Kidney suggested that the player is likely to put the best interests of his club and country first, saying: "I don't think anything that Jonny would do would be selfish or lead to a thing like that."

Kidney continued: "He just has to do the right things. Whoever came out with the story publicly, I don't think the IRFU or Jonny had any interest in it going like that.

"I've yet to meet an Irish player who has actually made his decision based on money. He's made it on how he's looked after (and) his affinity to the team.

"Our fellas' pride in their provinces is only matched by their pride in their Irish jersey. When our lads make decisions about moving abroad they don't make them lightly and I've yet to meet one who has made it purely on finance."

Asked about Sexton's talks with the IRFU, Kidney said: "There are negotiations going on and I'd imagine that they'll be drawing to a conclusion fairly soon. I wouldn't like to pre-empt these things, you have to let the negotiations carry on.

"It's a profession. Fellas have to look after themselves and I know the union will do everything to keep him but because it's a professional situation, there's only so much money there.

"Hopefully everyone involved will make the right decisions to keep Jonny in Ireland."

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