Paddy Jackson

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Paddy Jackson
Full name David Patrick Lindsay James Jackson
Date of birth (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 84 kg (13 st 3 lb; 185 lb)
School Methodist College Belfast[1]
Rugby union career
Current status
Position(s) Fly-half
Current team Ulster
Playing career
Position Fly-half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Belfast Harlequins
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2011– Ulster 117 (824)
correct as of 15 January 2017.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Ireland u20
correct as of 26 November 2016.

David Patrick Lindsay James "Paddy" Jackson (born 5 January 1992[2] in Belfast) is an international rugby union player for Ireland. He primarily plays at fly-half for Irish provincial side Ulster in the Pro12.

Jackson has captained the Ireland under-20 team.[3] He made his competitive debut for Ulster Rugby against Llanelli Scarlets on 18 February 2011 when Ulster rugby got an 18-16 win.[4] and first came to broader prominence when selected to start in Ulster's Heineken Cup semi-final against Edinburgh on 28 April 2012.[5] Jackson credits his early years in Birmingham playing for Veseyans Rugby club as his motivation to play rugby over football.[2]Outside of rugby his pastimes include playing the tuba which he played regularly in his school band.


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

Jackson usually plays at fly-half but can also 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 earned 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.


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


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