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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Ian Madigan must play it his way in rest of Leinster campaign

Ian Madigan, pictured, has refused to copy Ireland rival Johnny Sexton, despite admitting the Racing Metro man is the world's best fly-half
Ian Madigan, pictured, has refused to copy Ireland rival Johnny Sexton, despite admitting the Racing Metro man is the world's best fly-half

The most critical selection issue for Ian Madigan moving forward is not where he plays, just that he plays for Leinster over the closing weeks of the season.

Surely, the identity of who will wear the number ten and twelve shirts against Glasgow Warriors on Friday night will outline the road ahead for Madigan.

Leinster have literally no room for error in the PRO12 League as they stand outside the fire of The Play-Offs in fifth, with Bath coming to The Aviva on Saturday week for the Champions Cup quarter-final.

The highly-rated jack-of-many-trades could lose out for the World Cup by losing out at Leinster, even though he has been a valuable asset through the Six Nations.

There is the opinion that the 26-year-old will have to consider his options at the end of his contract in the summer of 2016 given the return of Jonathan Sexton.

However, the fact Madigan has had to deliver from the inside centre berth for most of the season may yet turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

The miles on the clock for Gordon D'Arcy will leave a slot for what could be Madigan's best long-term option for club and country.

LEINSTER

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