England return talk fantasy -- Ashton
FORMER Ireland and England coach Brian Ashton has rubbished reports he is set for a sensational return to international rugby as part of Stuart Lancaster's team.
Ashton left his job as coaching consultant to Fylde on Wednesday, but despite there being a long-term vacancy at Twickenham, the man who guided England to the 2007 World Cup final will not be returning.
"I haven't the faintest idea where those rumours have come from -- it's the 'Lewis Carroll school of journalism' within the British media," he said. "At the moment it's a non-story."
Meanwhile, the death has occurred of former Leinster and Barbarians player, Ireland selector and manager and Leinster Branch president Paddy Madigan.
A talented hooker, Madigan won the Leinster Senior Cup with Old Belvedere and played 15 times for the province. He had several Irish trials, but was unlucky not to gain a full cap even though he toured Argentina with Ireland in 1970.
He was inducted into the Leinster Hall of Fame in 2010, and the province yesterday paid tribute to him in a statement, saying: "On and off the field his contribution to the game has been immense and his legacy will endure for generations.
"Leinster Rugby would like to offer its sincere condolences to his beloved Pat, children Patrick, David and Lucinda and all his friends and family at this difficult time."