Ian Madigan joined Bordeaux Begles last summer.
Despite putting his international career at risk, Ian Madigan took the decision to leave Ireland and join Bordeaux Begles last summer.
Although the former Leinster playmaker was regarded as being Ireland’s second choice fly-half, Madigan immediately paid the price for moving to France, falling behind Paddy Jackson in Joe Schmidt’s pecking order during the three match tour of South Africa.
Madigan knew joining Bordeaux would affect his international aspirations, but doing so also allowed him come out from under Johnny Sexton’s shadow.
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Indeed, it would appear the 27 year-old is enjoying life in France, after the President of Bordeaux Begles Laurent Marti, last night told French TV show Top Rugby that Madigan had already approached him with the view of extending his contract.
Ian Madigan has made an excellent start to the season. First he shows he is a great goalscorer. then in attack.
He wants to play every ball, but sometimes you have to learn to calm, occupy, reverse the game to surprise the opponent.
He is very well integrated and as we thought, bought into the Bordeaux project. He has already spoken about extending his stay. He is happy here.
If this is the case, given the emergence of Joey Carbery at Leinster, we may have seen the last of Ian Madigan in an Ireland jersey.
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