French rugby now driven forward by money

The big clubs in France know that success in rugby can be bought by spending big and, if they want a particular player, they will get him, writes Fearghal O'Connor.

27th January, 2013
Racing Metro's Camille Gerondeau is tackled by Edinburgh's Netani Talei during a Heineken Cup match in Edinburgh last month. Photo: Getty

If it is success that Jonny Sexton is after, the lesson from French rugby is that he is right to follow the money. The operating budgets of French clubs far outstrips those of clubs, not just in Ireland, but throughout the rest of the rugby world.

Toulouse's budget is €32 million, Clermont has a budget of about €26 million and Toulon has a budget of around €20 million.

"In French rugby, if you look at...

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