Jackson starts for Ireland against France

Ireland have confirmed that Paddy Jackson will start this weekend against France at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.


An opening had been left in the match 23 for the starting and replacement out half positions due to Jackson suffering from a tight hamstring, but he came through both kicking and training sessions as expected and will start on Saturday.


The confirmation that Jackson starts this weekend will most likely mean that he is the back up Ireland flyhalf and Ronan O’Gara’s international career has come to an end.


The uncapped Ian Madigan earns his first call up to an international matchday squad as he is named among the replacements.


The replacement tight head slot has also been confirmed with the uncapped Munster prop Stephen Archer named on the bench.


Ireland


15 – Rob Kearney 14 – Fergus McFadden 13 – Brian O’Driscoll 12 – Luke Marshall 11 – Keith Earls 10 – Paddy Jackson 9 – Conor Murray’ 1 – Cian Healy 2 – Rory Best 3 – Mike Ross 4 – Mike McCarthy 5 – Donnacha Ryan 6 – Peter O’Mahony 7 – Sean O’Brien ‘ 8 – Jamie Heaslip Captain


Replacements:16 – Sean Cronin 17 – David Kilcoyne 18 – Stephen Archer 19 – Donncha O’Callaghan 20 – Iain Henderson 21 – Eoin Reddan 22 – Ian Madigan 23 – Luke Fitzgerald

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