Declan Kidney explains Paddy Jackson inclusion

Kidney explains Jackson inclusion
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Declan Kidney explains his reasoning for picking Paddy Jackson ahead of Ronan O'Gara for Ireland's match against Scotland.

Ireland coach Declan Kidney has insisted that he has full belief in Paddy Jackson's ability ahead of his country's Six Nations match against Scotland at the weekend.

The 21-year-old has been preferred in the starting lineup for the clash against the Scots ahead of the more experienced Ronan O'Gara.

"Paddy's inclusion was a challenge given that somebody of the stature of Ronan O'Gara was available," said Kidney.

"After taking everything into account, I felt Paddy deserved a go. Paddy has the skills and has shown he has the temperament and ability to make decisions."

O'Gara has made 127 appearances for the Greens.

Ulster player Paddy Jackson during a game on December 7, 2012
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