Rolling with the punches: Ian Madigan interview

Rolling with the punches: Ian Madigan interview

Ulster and former Leinster star Ian Madigan reflects on more than a decade of playing rugby at the top level, seasons spent in France and England, being coached by Joe Schmidt – and preparing for life after rugby

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12th June, 2021

The year 2015 was a big one for me. I had the Rugby World Cup, and I had broken into the Leinster team consistently. I’d reached a stage where I was no longer happy just to start ten games a year but wanted to be involved in every match.

Johnny Sexton had been away for a couple of seasons with Racing, which had given me my opportunity as the starting out-half. But that year,...

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