Six Nations 2013: Ireland’s Paddy Jackson fit for France clash

Six Nations 2013: Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson is declared fit to start Ireland's clash against France at the Aviva Stadium

Paddy Jackson has been declared fit for Ireland’s Six Nations clash with France at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

With Ronan O’Gara omitted from the training squad on Sunday, head coach Declan Kidney delayed his decision on who would start at fly-half against les Bleus, with Jackson suffering from a tight hamstring.

The 21-year-old came through both kicking and training sessions as expected on Thursday and he will continue in the No10 jersey against France, which will see the Ulster star earn his second cap.

Jackson endured a mixed senior international debut in the 12-8 defeat by Scotland, impressing in the first half in linking well with Ulster team-mate Luke Marshall but missing three of his four kicks at goal.

As a result, Jackson returned to Ulster last weekend and assumed the kicking duties, notching 19 points from the tee and earning the man-of-the-match award in the 29-29 draw with Treviso.

“I was very nervous at the start, obviously there’s a lot of pressure going into the game,” Jackson told the Belfast Telegraph after the match.

“I missed the first one but once I started to get a few over I just felt much more comfortable. I was happy with the ones I got.

“It’s been a long couple of weeks, a bit of a roller-coaster really with emotions and stuff.

“Obviously I was chuffed to get my first cap, I loved it. And if I get another one I’ll be even more chuffed.”

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