Planet Rugby

O'Connor challenges Madigan

07th August 2013 13:42

Share:

ian madigan leinster stade francais

Asked to lead: Ian Madigan

Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor has challenged Ian Madigan to follow in the footsteps of Jonathan Sexton and inspire the province to more success on both fronts this season.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a meteoric rise last term as he scored 186 league points, including six tries, as well as finishing top of the kicking conversion charts which earned him a place in the RaboDirect PRO12 Team of the Season and helping his team to be the favourites with sites like bwin.com/en/rugby-union.

However, the newly appointed Australian tactician has hinted that Madigan isn't guaranteed the number ten jersey at the RDS with experienced New Zealander Jimmy Gopperth providing competition after his move from Newcastle.

"Ian showed towards the back end of last season that he had developed into a very, very good player at Heineken Cup level and on the end of season tour he was one of the best players according to the coaching group there," O'Connor said at his first press conference on Tuesday.

"He will do a really good job there. Jimmy Gopperth is a very good professional as well, who has been around the traps, who knows the game, who will step in there and do a job for us.

"It's different, post Jonny, it's different post Isa; at the end of the day those blokes in the group will get an opportunity to be the next big thing."

Leinster begin the defence of their RaboDirect PRO12 title with a trip to Wales on the opening weekend to face the Scarlets before welcoming the Ospreys to Dublin.

By Ryan Bailey in Dublin

  • Champions Cup Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , December 5
Montpellier vs Bath19:45
Saturday , December 6
Sale vs Saracens13:00
Munster vs Clermont Auvergne17:30
Ulster vs Scarlets19:45
Benetton Treviso vs Northampton13:00
Ospreys vs Racing Metro 9215:15
Sunday , December 7
Castres vs Wasps13:00
Harlequins vs Leinster15:15
Leicester vs Toulon17:30
Toulouse vs Glasgow15:15
More European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures
  • Champions Cup Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne 35 - 3 Sale Sharks
Castres 16 - 21 Leinster
Wasps 16 - 23 Harlequins
Benetton Treviso 10 - 26 Racing Metro 92
Saturday , October 25
Bath 19 - 21 Toulouse
Montpellier 13 - 15 Glasgow
Ulster 13 - 23 Toulon
Northampton 34 - 6 Ospreys
Scarlets 15 - 3 Leicester
Friday , October 24
Munster 14 - 3 Saracens
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
  • Champions Cup Table
Pool 1
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Munster28
2Clermont Auvergne26
3Saracens25
4Sale Sharks21
Pool 2
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Harlequins28
2Leinster28
3Wasps22
4Castres21
Pool 3
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Toulon28
2Scarlets24
3Leicester Tigers24
4Ulster21
Pool 4
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Glasgow Warriors29
2Toulouse28
3Montpellier22
4Bath21
Pool 5
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Racing Metro Paris28
2Northampton25
3Ospreys25
4Treviso20