Ian Madigan

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 Racing 92’s Donnacha Ryan  catches the ball  during the Top 14  match against   Castres  at the U Arena. Photograph: Lucas Barioulet/AFP via Getty Images

Early December tends to overlap two seminal moments in the career of a rugby player. The European campaign is on the line but so is your family’s fina(...)

 Ian Madigan: has slipped down the pecking order at  Bristol Rugby and looks set to be moving on again next summer. Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images

Turns out the grass isn’t always greener. Bundee Ali and Kiernan Marmion appear to agree by rejecting lucrative moves abroad when re-signing last week(...)

Johnny Sexton walks out for the captain’s run ahead of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final date with the All Blacks. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Spiky, bullish, funny and calm. If Johnny Sexton can repeat the masterly performance of this lone ranger Captain’s Run in Chofu - way out in deep west(...)

 Ireland’s Joey Carbery damaged ankle ligaments during last weekend’s World Cup warm-up against Italy. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Joey Carbery’s participation in the World Cup appears to be in a degree of jeopardy, with the IRFU set to confirm on Wednesday that the ankle ligament(...)

Munster’s Jean Kleyn tackles Leinster’s Seán Cronin during the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It is a testimony to the relatively settled nature of the Irish squad that the 44 players named for the World Cup preparatory camps which commence in (...)

 Billy Vunipola of Saracens applauds the crowd during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match against Bristol Bears  at Ashton Gate. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall admitted his England number eight Billy Vunipola had “stuff in his head” over the 24 hours before the Premiersh(...)

 Joe Schmidt: The last time he saw Ireland recover from an interval deficit to record a victory was in the  23-17 victory over the Pumas  in Tucumán, Argentina in  2014. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s 23-17 victory over the Pumas at the Estadio Monumental Jose Fiero in Tucumán, Argentina on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 represents a landmark m(...)

An injured Gordon D’Arcy  during Ireland’s Guinness Series clash with Australia in November 2014.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Memory lane and a cautionary tale rolled into one. After the November series in 2014 I decided to put all my efforts into making the World Cup squad. (...)

Andrew Conway: could face a scrap for a place in the Ireland squad with the likes of Chris Farrell and  Will Addison. Photograph: Tommy dickson/Inpho

Joe Schmidt swept away the debris. The succession plan revealed, Andy Farrell takes over with Schmidt departing in November 2019. Now, as a reward, th(...)

 Ian Madigan of Bristol Bears celebrates during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Bristol Bears and Leicester Tigers. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Former England centre Kyle Eastmond was sent off as 14-man Leicester crashed to a 41-10 English Premiership defeat against Bristol at Ashton Gate. R(...)

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