Ian Madigan set to join Pat Lam at Bristol
Ian Madigan looks set to complete his move to Bristol this week after Bordeaux agreed to release him from his contract.
The 27-year-old has made no secret of his desire to leave France and after speaking with several English clubs, Bristol are in pole position to sign him.
Pat Lam takes over the mega-rich Bristol next season, but is likely to do so with them playing in the Championship after they were beaten 41-24 by fellow strugglers Worcester yesterday.
Madigan is on the verge of putting pen to paper on a contract worth over €500,000 a year, but his international career looks to be all but finished.
The former Leinster out-half went public with his frustrations about playing under Raphael Ibanez in Bordeaux and has regularly found himself warming the bench.
Madigan previously turned down the chance to join Munster before deciding on the move to France and he will desperately hope that he can reignite his career in Bristol. Playing in the Championship won't help matters, however.
Meanwhile, Joe Schmidt has been handed a double blow, with Andrew Trimble and Ultan Dillane ruled out of the remainder of the Six Nations.
Trimble had just recovered from a groin problem and returned to reclaim his starting spot in Ireland's win over France, but his luckless run continued on Friday when he suffered a hand injury in Ulster's win over Treviso. Tommy Bowe has now been added to the squad.
Schmidt will also have to plan without Dillane, who will undergo surgery on an ongoing shoulder issue this week.
There had been some confusion over Dillane's fitness on Thursday when he was initially omitted from Ireland's squad for the upcoming games against Wales and England, but was later added.
It has now transpired that the lock was indeed carrying an injury and is facing up to 10 weeks on the sidelines.
In more positive news, Rob Kearney is expected to train fully at Carton House today and is said to be "progressing well" through his rehab with a groin injury.