An international retires

On the sidelines of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, a former Irish international announced this Wednesday that he would definitely put away his crampons.

Lurking in the shadow of Jonathan Sexton in the Irish selection, Ian Madigan nevertheless had the honor of wearing the Clover XV jersey 26 times. He notably played in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, finishing in the quarter-final against Argentina.

This Irish international, now 34 years old and playing for the province of Ulster, has announced that he is ending his career on his account Instagram. “The highlight of my career was without a doubt representing our great island of Ireland, notably during the World Cup in 2015,” he recalled in his long publication on the sidelines of the World Cup. rugby 2023 currently being held in France.

A flashy track record

Ian Madigan made Ireland happy, but not only that. He wore the colors of Leinster and Bristol in England, but he also exported his talent to France, with Bordeaux-Bègles during the 2016/17 financial year. In Gironde he scored 115 points in the Top 14, including a try. This did not allow UBB to reach the final stages and to be in the race for the title of champion of France at the end of the season.

However, he has lifted other major trophies during his career. With Leinster he won the Champions Cup twice consecutively (2011 and 2012). More recently in 2020, he won the European Challenge with the Bristol Bears at the expense of Toulon. On the international scene, he participated in Ireland’s two victories in the 6 Nations Tournament in 2014 and 2015.

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