Ian Madigan: “If it did happen that they decided to release me and an opportunity to come back to Ireland came up, it definitely would be something that would excite me.” Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Ian Madigan was in Ireland this week in his role as an ambassador for Electric Ireland, sponsors of the Ireland under-20 side. Here is the full transc(...)

Ireland outhalves Ian Madigan and Paddy Jackson went head  head to head when Bordeaux-Begles’ hosted Ulster in the Champions Cup pool stages. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Ian Madigan wants to come home. Two weeks ago he walked into the office of Bordeaux-Bégles president Laurent Marti to discuss a potential break from t(...)

Outhalf Ian Madigan has struggled to hold down a first-team place at Bordeaux-Bégles. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Ian Madigan needs Bordeaux-Bégles to sign a back-up outhalf for Simon Hickey before negotiations can begin to join another French or English club. Ma(...)

Australia’s Kane Douglas: had his time at Leinster cut short by Michael Cheika. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The career of Kane Douglas in Leinster never got started before it fizzled out. A combination of injury and homesickness was enough to turn the three (...)

The last team to prevent New Zealand from scoring a try in a Test match was Australia, in August 2014. Photograph:  Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images

How does a team stop the All Blacks from crossing their try line? The short and to be fair obvious answer is with great difficulty. The last team to (...)

 Mark McCall,  Saracens director of rugby, celebrates with Sean Maitland after their victory over RC Toulon  at Stade Felix Mayol in Toulon last weekend. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Saturday Pool4 Castres Olympique v Northampton Saints, Stade Pierre Antoine (3.15, Sky Sports 2) – England captain and hooker Dylan Hartley, fellow E(...)

 Paddy Jackson: Ulster have enough experience to win, but it could need their outhalf  to at least break even with Ian Madigan. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye

European Champions Cup Pool 5: Bordeaux Bègles v Ulster. Stade Chaban-Delmas, 1pm. Sky Sports Unpredictable brain injuries, as checked by the arguab(...)

 Ian Madigan: “I know I am up against it when it comes to (Ireland) selection but if I keep my head down over here, do the best I can do, that’s all I can control.”  Photo: Getty Images

Remember Ian Madigan? How quickly we discard them. His move to France, accidentally, worked out nicely for Irish rugby. None of the decision makers a(...)

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton is tackled by Munster’s Rory Scannell at the Aviva Stadium earlier this month. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Time was when nothing whetted the appetite quite like the return of what we knew and loved as the Heineken Cup. In its stead, the European Champions(...)

Ulster assistant coach Joe Barakat speaks at a press conference ahead of their opening Champions Cup match. Photograph: Inpho

For all their injury woes of late, Ulster have been given a timely boost with the news that Charles Piutau has returned to training, as have Luke Mars(...)

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