Ireland legend Willie Duggan believes out-half Ian Madigan should be handed his first Ireland cap in Sunday’s Six Nations clash with Scotland.
Ronan O’Gara is odds-on favourite to replace the injured Jonny Sexton for the trip to Murrayfield but Duggan believes Madigan, who was called into the squad on Monday night and is battling with Ulster’s Paddy Jackson to catch coach Declan Kidney’s eye, should be the man to get the nod.
Madigan, 23, is uncapped at Test level but has played twice for the Ireland A side. He has also represented Leinster on 70 occasions, including an impressive display against Benetton Treviso at the RDS on Saturday night.
“I’d very much be in favour of Declan Kidney giving Ian Madigan a fling against Scotland,” said Duggan, who was capped 41 times for Ireland between 1977 and 1984.
“Madigan has been in great form for Leinster and I think he has the ability to surprise a lot of people if he is given his big chance.
“And I feel it would be a very positive move if faith was shown by Kidney in a young promising player like Madigan.
“With Madigan on the team, you would have the luxury of having Ronan O’Gara on the bench, and O’Gara could be brought on if things did not work as well as hoped with Madigan. As well, prior to the match, I’d say that O’Gara, with all the vast experience he has acquired over the years at international level, could pass on a lot of invaluable advice to Madigan.”
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