**It’s four years since Ian Madigan won the last of his 30 Ireland caps and the fly-half is determined to add to that tally by impressing for new club Ulster.** \n\nIreland head coach Andy Farrell opened the door to the talented No.10 in the wake of his move to Belfast, after four years away in France and England. \n\nAnd Madigan is [hoping to reach out and take the olive branch on offer](https://www.irishrugby.ie/2020/08/12/its-my-number-one-goal-to-play-for-ireland-madigan/ ), in a bid to get back into the international fold by impressing for the Guinness PRO14 heavyweights. \n\n“For me personally, coming back and being able to play for one of the Irish provinces and playing for Ireland as one of my main goals has really focused me with my training and given me something to aim at,” he said. \n\n“I’m under no illusions that I have to really prove myself and that starts here with Ulster. There’s some good quality guys here in Billy (Burns) and Bill (Johnston) and even Mike Lowry if he plays 10 or 15. \n\n“If you do well in those games for any of the Irish provinces then you deserve your opportunity to be in the mix for a national selection, but there’s a lot of rugby to be played on my part for that to happen. \n\n“It’s something that really excites me. It’s my number one goal to play for Ireland.” \n\nThere was some bad news in Belfast yesterday, with Iain Henderson going under the knife. \n\nThe talismanic lock has been struggling with a hip injury and the Covid-19 pandemic delayed planned surgery. \n\nHenderson has now had the operation but [will miss 10-12 weeks, including the Six Nations finale and Guinness PRO14 Final Series.](https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/rugby/ulster-rugby/iain-hendersons-planned-surgery-a-blow-but-sam-carters-return-is-a-huge-bonus-says-ulster-coach-mcfarland-39442703.html ) \n\n"We're losing a really big player, an Ireland international," said head coach Dan McFarland. "That's going to hurt. On the reverse side of that, it means opportunities for other people. \n\n"For the likes of Al (Alan O'Connor) and Treadders (Kieran Treadwell), Dave O'Connor and Sam (Carter), they'll have to step up and those guys are ready to do that. In fact, they're desperate to do that." \n\nFurther south and Leinster full-back Jordan Larmour is excited to see what teammate James Lowe could bring to the Ireland team. \n\nLowe qualifies for Ireland this year thanks to residency rules and head coach Andy Farrell has left the door ajar for the winger.