Making his debut for Ulster against Scarlets in February 2011, Paddy Jackson hasn’t looked behind him. Earmarked as a star in the making at a very early age, he has certainly excelled and shown that at just 21, there really is no stopping him.
GO’s Sarah-Jayne Cassells caught up with the young player for a quick chat to hear more…
Since Paddy can remember, he always wanted to play rugby. His dad and brother both played, so it was just a natural progression for him, and once he started he was hooked, becoming an exciting player for the future.
From then on the young player has represented Ireland at a number of levels and was included in the Ireland Junior World Championship squad in 2011. 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.
Dungannon is a team that Paddy still supports and when he has a chance he goes to watch them play, plus his brother also played for the side – so it’s a team close to the family.
Currently Paddy plays fly half for Ulster and over the last few months has become a key player for the side. With their current success Paddy feels very lucky to be part of such a winning team, he said: “It’s probably the best team Ulster has had since winning the Heineken Cup back in 1999. There are so many good players, like Nick Williams, Ruan Pienaar, Johann Muller, the home grown guys like Darren Cave and Paddy Wallace. There has been a bit of progression over the last five to six years and I just feel very lucky to be a part of it all. I love what I do and get to do it everyday, it’s great.”