Sexton hits the headlines on first day of training with Racing Metro
Jonathan Sexton began pre-season training with Racing Metro in Paris today after revealing that Clermont, Toulouse and Toulon were also interested in him.
The Irish outhalf's French oddysey will be closely watched by rugby fans back home but he will be concentrating on getting himself physically ready for what promises to be a gruelling Top 14 season.
He will attend a training session before meeting the gathered media this evening.
His arrival is also garnering interest in his adopted home with a big interview in today's Le Parisien newspaper under the headline "I'm not only here for the money".
‘I didn’t know Racing,” Sexton told Le Parisien. “They contacted me just like Toulouse, Clermont and Toulon did. But this club really gave me that the impression that I counted for them.
“They advised me to come here, saying they have a very ambitious team. I met the new coaches and I like them. Then I learned that (Jamie) Roberts and (Dan) Lydiate were coming too and that reinforced my choice.
“Of course money was one of the reasons that made me come here but it wasn’t the only one. I’m going to give everything for Racing and I’m very proud to wear their colours.
“I have a lot of things to prove on the pitch. If people see my involvement, they’ll know that I’m not only here for the money.”
Sexton has become the highest rugby paid player in the Northern Hemisphere after his move to the French capital and is on €700,000 a year.
Sexton will be joined in training by his British and Irish Lions team mates Dan Lydiate and Jamie Roberts and his new kicking coach amd former Irish colleague Ronan O'Gara.