Ian Madigan

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Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell is believed to be the IRFU’s Plan B  if Ulster position is not filled by the start of the season. Photograph: Inpho

At face value, Ulster seem set to start off next season in an even bigger mess than they were at times last season. Their new head coach, Dan McFarlan(...)

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora at a media briefing in Sydney ahead of Ireland’s final Test match against Australia. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

All roads, and the IRFU’s primary playing strategy, lead toward the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Rightly so, too. The Ireland international squad is the m(...)

Paddy Jackson has signed for Top14 side Perpignan after he had his Ulster contract revoked. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The continued unrest in Ulster rugby cannot calm until they fill the void left by Paddy Jackson as the 26-year-old begins the next part of his life in(...)

Ross Byrne: has made great strides during the past season with Leinster where he enjoyed ample game time at outhalf. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This Irish tour of Australia being something of dry run for the 2019 World Cup in Japan, the selections of John Cooney and Ross Byrne among the six ha(...)

One of the reasons Joey Carbery’s decision regarding his immediate future at provincial level has generated so much interest is that most rugby suppor(...)

Joey Carbery: Joe Schmidt is keen for him to be a starting outhalf in the Champions Cup next season as the World Cup looms. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Having seemingly rejected a loan move to Ulster, Joey Carbery is now being guided towards a one-season deal with Munster. Ireland coach Joe Schmidt i(...)

Jamie Heaslip lifts the Heineken Cup after the win over Leicester at Murrayfield in May 2009. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will walk on the pitch before Leinster v Saracens. “Mick Dawson told me this morning they are at just south of 50,000.” Imagine they b(...)

 Leinster’s Jonathan  Sexton  celebrates scoring a try with Shane Horgan during the 2011 Heineken Cup Final victory over Northampton Saints at the Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff, Wales. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton-inspired comeback in the 2011 Heineken Cup final, when the Irish province overturned a 16-point interval deficit against th(...)

Newcastle Falcons beat Northampton Saints at St James’ Park. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty

Player welfare key part of success Jamie Heaslip and Johnny Sexton spoke last week on the importance of managing players and name checked England and(...)

Bristol head coach  Pat Lam said he expects some household names to come through Bristol’s academy in the next five to 10 years. Photograph:  Harry Trump/Getty Images

“Can you come here and do what you did in Connacht?” That was Pat Lam’s outline of what Bristol Rugby asked him to do when he confirmed his decision t(...)

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