Paddy Jackson

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Paddy Jackson
Full name Patrick Jackson
Date of birth (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 90 kilograms (200 lb)
School Methodist College Belfast
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fly-half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Dungannon
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2011– Ulster 63 (416)
correct as of 2 May 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2013–
2013–
2011
Ireland
Ireland Wolfhounds
Ireland U-20s
9
1
14
(56)
(5)
(118)
correct as of 8 Mar 2014.

Patrick "Paddy" Jackson (born 5 January 1992[1] in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is an Irish rugby union sportsman, who plays at fly-half (usually called "out half" in Ireland) for Ulster in the RaboDirect Pro12. He has captained the Ireland under-20 team.[2] He made his competitive debut for Ulster Rugby against Llanelli Scarlets on 18 February 2011 when Ulster rugby got an 18-16 win.[3] and first came to broader prominence when selected to start in Ulster's Heineken Cup semi-final against Edinburgh on 28 April 2012.[4] Paddy credits his early years in Birmingham playing for Veseyans Rugby club as his motivation to play rugby over football.[1]

Ulster[edit]

Jackson made a surprise debut as the starting outhalf against Scarlets in February 2011. The young playmaker has represented Ireland at a number of levels and was included in the Ireland Junior World Championship squad in 2011.

His vision and ability to attack the gainline make him an exciting player for the future. The ex-Methody player demonstrated his class by featuring among the top points scorers in the All Ireland League in his first year out of school for Dungannon RFC.

Jackson Usually plays at fly-half but can play at Inside-Centre. Jackson played arguably his best game against Connacht Rugby in 2012 when he scored a try a conversion and three penalties. He earnt his place then in the starting lineups including the defeat to Leinster Rugby and then the Heineken Cup 22-19 win over Edinburgh Rugby. Jackson has also taken part in the Ireland under 20 team. Jackson also scored a try against Aironi in a 46-20 win in the Heineken Cup group stage.

Ireland[edit]

Jackson made his senior debut for Ireland on 24 February 2013, starting against Scotland in the 2013 Six Nations Championship.[5]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Six Nations: Scotland beat Ireland in Murrayfield turnaround". BBC Sport. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 

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