Ian Madigan may have to feature at scrum half with Ireland just bringing Eoin Reddan and Conor Murray to the World Cup. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt admitted it was a calculated risk. Isaac Boss and Kieron Marmion stay at home with Ian Madigan prepared to slot in at scrumhalf if the (...)

Lions Test fullback Leigh Halfpenny appears to listen intently as outhalf Jonny Sexton speaks during the captain’s run out at  Churchie School in Brisbane. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

How to put this into context? “This is our shot at forever,” ventured Paul O’Connell this week, which re-invoked the immortal words of forwards coa(...)