Madigan cherishes starting role

Date published: September 26 2015

Ireland fly-half Ian Madigan thinks the fixture against Romania, at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday, will provide the ideal opportunity to exert his influence on the game.

Madigan will get a rare chance to start a match at international level this weekend and more significantly he will get a World Cup start. Naturally, he is excited by the prospect of leading the Irish backline.

"It's a big lift but I don't use selection to compare myself to other players," said Madigan.

"I view it as an opportunity for myself to start a game in a World Cup. It's a dream of mine to be presented with this opportunity," added Madigan.

The pivot, as excited as he was about the opportunity, said this weekend was not about him but more about him helping the Ireland team realise its objectives. Ireland will accept nothing less than a win.

"If I had been picked to come off the bench, or I wasn't selected to be in the 23, then I'd deal with that on an individual basis. I wouldn't be looking at who is starting," added the fly-half. 

"It's about what I can control and, for me, that's going out and leading the team around the pitch and doing my best to make the players around me look as good as possible."