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Paddy Jackson presented with winners medal by main men in Paris

Paddy Jackson on his way to scoring a try against Wales in the Six Nations

Paddy Jackson on his way to scoring a try against Wales in the Six Nations

Outhalf, Paddy Jackson, was presented with his Six Nations Championship winning medal in the team’s Paris-based hotel on Saturday night.

The Ulsterman was harshly dropped by Irish coach, Joe Schmidt for the final game of this season’s championship in spite of having been a replacement in the four previous games and not putting a foot wrong.

Schmidt opted to select Leinster’s Ian Madigan on the bench ahead of Jackson for the final game arguing he gave the option of covering other positions.

While rugby fans across Ireland savoured Saturday night’s celebrations in Paris as the 22-20 victory over France secured the RBS 6 Nations title on points difference from England, there seemed a sense of injustice that Jackson had missed out.

The 22-year-old had starred for Ulster in the PRO12 the evening before scoring two tries in a man of the match performance as the Province defeated Scarlets 26-13.

He flew to Paris to join his Irish team mates on Saturday morning and did take part in the post match celebrations on the pitch, pictured with the rest of the squad.

An IRFU spokesman confirmed to the News Letter on Sunday night that Jackson was presented with his medal by Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll in the team hotel on Saturday night.

 

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