Quel dommage

Jonny Sexton's departure from Leinster to France marks an ominous turning point, as the increasingly strong influence of money on European rugby grows, writes Tom McGurk.

27th January, 2013
Jonny Sexton in action at Thomond Park, Limerick, last March. Photo: Sportsfile

This was a day that was inevitable; a day that was always going to come. In truth, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has bravely had its thumb in the dyke for years against the commercial flood - but now one senses that the gates have finally opened.

Our favourite prince, the most brilliant rugby player we have produced since Brian O'Driscoll, is packing his bags, and Irish rugby will never be the same again....

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