Ian Madigan

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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(...)

Ian Keatley in action against Munster.  The outhalf has  improved his  goal-kicking (70 per cent) and found his confidence thus far this season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho .

On Saturday, November 18th, 2007, Munster hosted Clermont Auvergne in the second round of the pool stages of the then Heineken Cup at lunchtime. Some (...)

 AJ MacGinty: the Sale Sharks outhalf will pull the strings for the US Eagles against Ireland on Saturday.  Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Nearing the interview’s natural conclusion, Alan MacGinty Jnr starts laughing to himself. The Houston story is too good to let it slip by undocumented(...)

 Simon Easterby: “We are two years out from a World Cup. This is a great starting point for a lot of these young players to get an opportunity and to spend time with them.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland have arrived in New Jersey, reporting a clean bill of health and armed with the valuable knowledge gleaned from their recent US mission. In N(...)

Munster’s Rory Scannell during the Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulouse. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Perhaps the hardest condemnation Munster had to face after losing to Saracens in the European semi-final was that they were just not good enough. As (...)

An emotional Ruan Pienaar after his last game for Ulster against Leinster at the  Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Well, Ruan Pienaar’s hugely emotional farewell proved it, as if it needed proving. Too choked with tears to even put into words how he felt in the i(...)

Bordeaux-Begles’  Ian Madigan will be leaving the French Top 14 for English Championship side Bristol. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

(Irish exiles James Coughlan, Michael Noone and Peter Lydon talk about playing and life abroad)  The annual migration of Irish rugby’s wild gees(...)

Ian Madigan prepares to kick from the tee during during Bordeaux-Begles’  home win over Toulouse last weekend. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Ian Madigan spent last week preparing for the visit of Toulouse to the Stade Chaban Delmas in Bordeaux, so he’s perfectly placed to offer an appraisa(...)

 Jimmy Gopperth: “We just have to be mentally on because it is going to be a knockout game of international standard.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

A New Zealander lured north to replace Jonny Wilkinson and later Johnny Sexton deserves more respect than the moniker of mere mercenary. Safely ensc(...)

Blackrock College’s Mark Phelan scores a try against Gonzaga in the Leinster Senior Cup semi-final at Donnybrook. Photograph: Inpho

The final of Leinster schools rugby reaches a fitting conclusion with defending champions Belvedere set to be dethroned by this ridiculously talented (...)

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