Ian Madigan: “I probably hope that’s in the 12 position and, if Johnny is unfit or unavailable for whatever reason, then I’d be ready to step in to the outhalf position.” Photograph: Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. So for Ian Madigan that represents the night of Thursday, May 28th when Ireland take on the Barbar(...)

Toulon were crowned champions of Europe for a third successive year after they beat Toulon 24-18 at Twickenham. Photograph: Getty

Clermont Auvergne 18 Toulon 24Toulon made rugby union history at Twickenham as they clinched a hat-trick of European titles by defeating fellow French(...)

Ian Madigan has been dropped for Leinster’s must win Pro 12 game against Ulster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

In what could be seen as a boost to Gordon D’Arcy’s hopes of making Ireland’s World Cup squad,  Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has taken the dec(...)

“Habana is always on the lookout for that sort of ball. He shoots out of the line a lot more than other wingers. Yes, Madigan took a risk with the pass but Habana took a big risk too.” Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As the game went into extra-time on Sunday, it was like the old boxing matches that went 15 rounds. The fighters had given everything on both sides an(...)

Leinster prop Marty Moore looks set to miss the rest of the season as he is due to undergo a second surgery this season on a shoulder injury. Photo:    Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Marty Moore’s season appears to be over after damaging his shoulder against Toulon. The 24-year-old requires a second surgery since October, with the(...)

 Leinster’s Fergus McFadden is challenged by Toulon’s Bryan Habana during the  Champions Cup semi-final match  at Stade Vélodrome  in Marseille. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ireland and Leinster back Fergus McFadden has been ruled out for the rest of the season as he will undergo surgery to his fractured right thumb on (...)

Toulon’s  Matt Giteau runs at Leinster’s   Ian Madigan during the Champions Cup semi final match  at Stade Vélodrome 5 in Marseille. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Matt Giteau echoed Toulon team-mate Bryan Habana’s sentiments that the reigning European champions will need to up their game in next month’s Twickenh(...)

Ian Madigan’s fateful pass, which was intercepted for the Bryan Habana of Toulon’s extra-time try at the Stade Vélodrome. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

1 Ian Madigan: There are some jaw-droppingly marvellous clips of Carlos Spencer on YouTube. He almost had a wonderful All Black career too. Such wa(...)

Toulon’s Ali Williams pleads his innocence after being sin-binned during the Champions Cup semi-final against Leinster in Marseille. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

The slow walk of the vanquished team from the dressing-room to the awaiting team bus in the bowels of a stadium has rarely been made more bitterly. L(...)

Toulon’s Bryan Habana scores the extra-time try. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Toulon 25 Leinster 20 (aet; 12-12 after 80 minutes) True to their word, Leinster fought the good fight. For 80 minutes of regulation time and a(...)