Ian Madigan

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Ian Keatley: Munster outhalf is the product of  Belvedere College, UCD and the  Leinster academy and also played for  Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Leinster completed the sleeves-rolled-up win in Sandy Park last Sunday which reaffirmed their status as European Champions Cup contenders, 18 of (...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton shares a joke at the end of the game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Absent friends not missed Was Simon Zebo missed? Was Ian Madigan missed? Was Marty Moore missed? While the IRFU decision not to pick players based ou(...)

Leinster’s Ross   Byrne’s 543 minutes of action includes  seven starts and three runs off the bench. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The minutes cannot lie. Professional rugby in Ireland is built upon them. The Irish system, we are told ad nauseam, wraps players in cotton wool unli(...)

Ireland’s Ian Keatley kicks a penalty in their Guinness Series win over Fiji.  Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

One day following a Six Nations Irish training session, Ian Keatley believed he had driven out the gates of Carton House for the last time. Bodies had(...)

Ireland in action against Fiji in last Saturday’s Guinness Series at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joey Carbery, Jacob Stockdale, Andrew Porter and James Ryan, to name but four, are amongst the new wave of players whom Joe Schmidt and the Irish coac(...)

Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth shakes hands with  coach Alister Coetzee following the Rugby Championship match     between the All Blacks and the South African’s   on September 16th, 2017, in Auckland which  the  New Zealand side won 57-0.  Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

The picture tells the story. In the foreground of the shot taken by Phil Walter of Getty, Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth stands with his arms almost (...)

Joe Schmidt with Simon Zebo following the win over New Zealand in Chicago last November. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt says he walks the streets, meets the people. And so he does. Throw a stick into the Aviva Stadium crowd and you will hit a fan with a Schm(...)

Rory Best after the European Champions Cup defeat to La Rochelle at  Stade Marcel-Deflandre, La Rochelle. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Rory Best has declared himself fit, ready and keen to lead Ireland in their Guinness Series opener against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium next Satu(...)

Simon Zebo: Think of that back-heeled flick in Cardiff, that range of passing, those counter-attacks, the adroit finishes, the telepathic understanding with Conor Murray. Photograph: Getty Images

The news that Simon Zebo will no longer be playing for his native Munster next season, and by extension Ireland, is desperately disappointing but not (...)

Tommy Bowe in action for the Ospreys in 2010 against Munster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Players whose Ireland careers stalled Trevor Brennan - The Leinster back-rower won 13 caps between 1998 and 2002 but after he left Leinster for(...)

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