Ian Madigan

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Ian Madigan
Date of birth (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 91 kilograms (14 st 5 lb)
School Blackrock College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fly-half, Full-back, Centre
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Blackrock College RFC
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009–present Leinster 118 (633)
correct as of 14 December 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Ireland U20
correct as of 23 November 2014.

Ian Madigan (born 21 March 1989) is an Irish professional rugby union player for Blackrock College RFC, Leinster Rugby and Ireland. His primary position is at fly-half, although he can also play at centre and full-back.[1]


Madigan made his senior debut for Leinster in a Celtic League match versus Newport Gwent Dragons in 2009.[2] Madigan went on to make 18 appearances for Leinster during the season. Madigan broke through to the Heineken Cup squad and came on as a replacement in Leinster's cup final victory against Northampton Saints.[3] The following season Madigan became a regular first XV player and scored five tries in ten matches. He made a superb substitute appearance in the 2012 Heineken Cup final in Twickenham, with his long looping pass to Sean O'Brien enabling him to put Sean Cronin in for the final try.[4] With the departure of Jonathan Sexton to Racing Métro at the start of the 2013-14 season, Madigan has been vying with New Zealander Jimmy Gopperth, who joined the province from Newcastle Falcons, for the role of first choice fly-half. The selectors have throughout the season adopted a system of alternation between the two players, with neither individual being considered to have nailed down the number ten jersey.

On 21st March 2014, Madigan made his 100th appearance for Leinster in a league match against Italian side Zebre. The following weekend when Leinster took on Munster, Madigan kicked five penalties and one conversion in a 22-18 win. Madigan scored a winning try in the 2013-14 Pro 12 Semi-Final against Ulster at the RDS Arena. Madigan came on in the 9th minute of the Grand Final for Brian O'Driscoll. Madigan was impressive in the match as Leinster dominated the second half of the match and won it 34-12.


After injury to Jonathan Sexton during the 2013 Six Nations campaign, Madigan was drafted into the Ireland squad as cover at outside half. He made two substitute appearances, against France and Italy.[5] Madigan was included in Ireland's squad for the summer tour of North America in June 2013, where he started both Tests against the US Eagles in Houston and Canada in Toronto.

In the November end of year internationals, he made a further three substitute appearances against Samoa, Australia, and New Zealand; a dramatic encounter in which Ireland were denied an historic first-ever win over the All Blacks in the final minute of the Test match.[6] Madigan was included in the national squad for the 2014 Six Nations, making a 68th minute substitute appearance in the final match of the campaign against France. Ireland won the game 22-20, securing their first championship title since 2009, and only their second win in Paris in 42 years.[7]

In June 2014, Ireland toured Argentina, playing a two-test series against the Pumas. Madigan made substitute appearances in both matches, scoring a try and a conversion in the second Test in Tucumán to seal victory. Ireland won the series 2-0, and in doing so secured their first ever Test series win in Argentina.[8] Madigan was included in the national squad for the 2014 Autumn internationals series, making a start at fly-half for the Test against Georgia, and two substitute appearances against South Africa and Australia. Ireland won all three Tests, securing their first Autumn series clean-sweep since 2006.[9]


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