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Six Nations Rugby: Leinster star Ian Madigan vows to be his own man

Ian Madigan has refused to mimic Johnny Sexton even though he admitted his Ireland rival is the "in-form fly-half in the world".

Madigan vowed to stick to his natural approach if called to replace Sexton from the bench in Saturday's pivotal RBS 6 Nations clash against Wales in Cardiff.

An Irish record 11th consecutive Test victory would leave them on the brink of both retaining the Six Nations title and completing the Grand Slam.

Leinster star Madigan conceded that Ireland linchpin Sexton is currently the world's best playmaker - but said it would be folly to try to copy the approach of the British and Irish Lion.

"I think Johnny definitely is the in-form fly-half in the world at the moment," said Madigan.

"There's a few other out-halves playing very well at the moment. Camille Lopez was playing very well leading into the Six Nations and Dan Biggar's really stepped up for Wales in the last two games.

"He's very much the heartbeat of that Welsh side and a real leader for them.

"So for me they are the guys setting the benchmark.

"I wouldn't mould my game on what they are doing, I would just focus on what I'm doing.

"And if I keep working hard on my game I'll be able to push them hard."

Elsewhere, the Under-20s are in action tonight when they also lock horns with Wales in the principality.

Head coach Nigel Carolan's side are in action the Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay (kick-off 7.45pm), while the Irish women won't be in action until Sunday when they face the Welsh at St Helen's in Swansea (noon).

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