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McFadden buzzing after debut

Guinness PRO12 Editor

11 Feb 2011

Leinster wing Fergus McFadden has revealed he was buzzing after winning his first cap against Italy in Rome and now cannot wait to line up against France at the Aviva Stadium this weekend.

McFadden has been retained in an unchanged Irish back-line from the one that beat the Italians last weekend for the visit of Grand Slam Champions France to Dublin on Sunday and the 24-year-old is looking forward to his next challenge.

"It was unbelievable. The whole week was a real buzz. Thankfully we got the win. We held in there and got the drop goal in the end,” said McFadden.

"I would have liked to get my hands on the ball a bit more, but fingers crossed this week will be different."

"International rugby is a different level. I felt I was solid with everything I had to do. Possibly, I could have had a try on my debut which would have been a dream come true, but the priority was to get a win for the team and that is what we did.

"They (France) don't have shabby back-threes there. They have got some serious exciting players. You kind of go into these games really on your toes and I think I got the best out of me and hopefully it will be the same on Sunday."

"The French have always played really exciting rugby. We broke through and beat them in France that year in 2000 – that was a massive breakthrough in Irish rugby because the French are seen as such a big force in world rugby.

"There is a real enthusiasm this week again and if we just get a few small things right, like small handling errors…I think there has been a big deal made over a few small things, small tweaks made and I think there can be a lot of improvement."

"It's really exciting for me to be marking him (Medard). I know he is a good player and I have watched him a lot with Toulouse."

"In the Championship, just talking to a couple of guys, playing the French is one of the best Test matches you can play in.

"There is a real excitement around the fixture. They are a really strong team and we have to be at our best if we want to be able to compete against them on Sunday."