Madigan willing to play anywhere for Leinster

Ian Madigan says that while his favourite position is at out-half, he is willing to play anywhere for Leinster.

The 25-year old has played all bar a minute of Leinster’s six Pro12 games this season but only started at out-half for the first time in the weekend win over Zebre.

He took his opportunity, scoring the crucial try which turned the game in Leinster’s favour as they bounced back from their loss to Munster to win 20-3.

Madigan started the five previous games in the centre, with coach Matt O’Connor opting for Jimmy Gopperth at out-half, but isn’t bothered where he is selected.

“I am a rugby player. I am selected to be a member of the squad. If Matt chooses me at out-half, I am more than happy to play there. If he chooses me in the midfield, I am happy to play there, if he chooses me at 15 that is fine and if he wants to use me, that is his option.

“I am employed by Leinster to do a job. They know that out-half is my preferred position but at the end of the day, I am a rugby player,” he said.

Madigan’s form has been good this season. He is Leinster’s most accurate kicker in the league,with a return of 22 from 24 giving him a 91.67% success rate off the tee, while he has notched three tries to his name.

The most crucial of them was just after half-time in Parma on Saturday, when he stepped inside and broke from 30 metres to push Leinster into a lead they never lost, having been held 3-3 in the opening half by Zebre.

“I was happy for the team to get back, it was very important to bounce back after last week,” says Madigan.

“It was very disappointing to lose against Munster, especially in the fashion that we did. We are back focusing very much on game by game again.

“It was nice, playing out-half it can take a small bit of time to get your eye back in, and to come away with a victory, I was relatively happy,” added Madigan.

He said it was vital that they got back to winning ways ahead of their opening games in the European Champions Cup, starting this week against Wasps.


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