French clubs hold all the aces in high-stakes game
IF the IRFU thought they were being out-gunned when their paltry offer to bump up Jonathan Sexton's salary was gazumped by Racing Metro's bumper budget last year, then they ain't seen nothing yet.
Racing Metro, with their tantalising offer of a new four-year contract for the 29-year-old out-half, which would more than likely ensure that Sexton will play the majority of his remaining career in the Top 14, has once more upped the ante in the bidding war.
But that is not all. Toulon, another French giant with seemingly endless pockets as they seek to build upon the dynasty that has already established them as back-to-back European champions, have also entered the fray.