Kidney backs Sexton to stay

Ireland coach Declan Kidney is confident money will not tempt Jonathan Sexton to join France's top 14.

The fly-half, who is reportedly the subject of a 750,000 euro-a-year offer from French side Racing Metro, met with chairman Jacky Lorenzetti to discuss the possibility of a switch from Leinster on Sunday.

Kidney named Sexton in a 39-man training squad for the upcoming RBS 6 Nations campaign, and said he believes the Irishman would always put the best interests of his club and country first.

"I don't think anything that Jonny would do would be selfish or lead to a thing like that," he said.

"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."

He added: "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."