Wednesday 18 September 2019

'Must be for the cash' - Brian O'Driscoll jokes over Ian Madigan's motives for Leinster departure

Brian O'Driscoll and Ian Madigan during a Leinster squad training in 2014
Brian O'Driscoll and Ian Madigan during a Leinster squad training in 2014

Declan Whooley

Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll has wished former team-mate Ian Madigan well with his move to France by bringing up a previous exchange with Wallaby Adam-Ashley Cooper.

Madigan today announced that he will be leaving Leinster at the end of the current season to join Top 14 side Bordeaux Bègles and it was the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.

The 26-year-old will join up with Ashley-Cooper next season, the player who took exception to O'Driscoll's assertion that his move to Bordeaux was for financial purposes.

Ashley-Cooper took exception to O'Driscoll's opinion and posted a response on Twitter and a lively debate ensued, where family members and high profile players had their say.

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Now with the news that his former Leinster and Ireland team-mate is moving to Bordeaux, it was the perfect opportunity to reference the exchange and O'Driscoll didn't disappoint.

"It must be for the cash & not the titles huh @AdamCoopy ! #goodlucktohim," he posted on his official account.

Ireland's record try scorer described the move as "inevitable" and believes the out-half deserves to be playing regularly at out-half.

"It was inevitable @Ian_madigan would leave. Deserves to start as a 10 somewhere so good luck to him. Really hope it works out."

With Johnny Sexton in possession of the number 10 jersey at the province, Madigan says the time is right to move on.

"While this was a very difficult decision for me to make, leaving the club that I have represented my whole professional life, I feel that the timing is right and it is a challenge that I'm looking forward to," he said today.

"Bordeaux Bègles are a team that are making strides in the Top 14 and in Europe and I look forward to being part of that journey and to experiencing a new style of rugby and a new life in France."

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