Ian Madigan replaced Irish legend Brian O'Driscoll in the Celtic League final
Leinster coach Matt O'Connor has praised the influence of Ireland's Ian Madigan after he replaced outgoing legend Brian O'Driscoll in the Celtic League final.
Madigan made a substitute appearance for Ireland as they clinched the 2014 RBS 6 Nations crown against France and featured twice from the bench in 2013.
And O'Connor believes that Madigan's ability should not go unnoticed after he helped Leinster claim a 34-12 victory over Glasgow Warriors following O'Driscoll's withdrawal through injury on Saturday.
"He (Madigan) is a class footballer. He has played a hell of a lot of rugby at 12. He gave us an extra set of hands there, which created a lot of opportunities and asked questions of the Glasgow defence," said O'Connor.
"There has never been a doubt in how good a footballer Ian Madigan is from this side of the table.
"The last two performances of the season, he has come on early and changed the game for us. That says to me that he is in a pretty good frame of mind mentally.
"The challenges that he has had - he is running the game and being the focal point of the opposition - that takes time, and he will develop the more and more he does that.
"I thought he and Jimmy (Gopperth) tonight worked in tandem brilliantly, and it was a very pleasing result for Ian personally."
England Under-20s may have agonisingly missed out on a third straight World Rugby U20 Championship title on Saturday but head coach Jon Callard is adamant that fans are witnessing the next generation of international superstars.
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.