Saturday 24 February 2018

IRFU want Ian Madigan to sign for Munster with Ben Te'o also set for Leinster exit - report

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A report in today's Irish Times has claimed that IRFU performance director David Nucifora wants Ian Madigan to join Munster next season.

Madigan and his people have apparently been in contact with Top 14 sides Montpelier and Bordeaux-Begles while English side Bristol and Conor O'Shea's Harlequins are also interested in his services.

With opportunities at Leinster limited, given the presence of Johnny Sexton, Nucifora looks set to make an offer to the 26-year-old that could see him move to Thomond Park.

Anthony Foley's men lost JJ Hanrahan to Northampton last season.

Sexton has cautioned against Irish internationals moving abroad.

Players have a decision to make and I think if you want to be starting for Ireland week in, week out and being looked after in the Irish system then you need to stay here," he said.

"But there's other guys who need to go and get game-time, they're not going to get that in their provinces and you wouldn't blame them for wanting to go abroad.

"The best place for an Irish international to be is at home and hopefully we retain most of those guys, hopefully all of them."

There are also reports that Ben Te'o could be leaving Leinster at the end of the season.

Te'o would qualify to play for Ireland in September 2017 if he could be convinced to stay but it looks likely that he will move on with sides in England, France and Australia interested.

Te'o's exit could open the door for Robbie Henshaw to move from Connacht to the RDS.

There was bad news on the transfer front for Ulster who look set to miss out on the signature of former All Black Victor Vito.

Vito was viewed as the ideal replacement for Nick Williams but he now looks set to join La Rochelle in the Top 14 next season.

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