Ireland flyhalf woes mount with Jackson out of 6 Nations
DUBLIN (AP) — Flyhalf Paddy Jackson added to Ireland’s injury concerns when he was ruled out of the Six Nations on Tuesday by a dislocated elbow.
Jackson was hurt playing for Ulster against Toulon on Saturday. He will need surgery, Ulster said in a statement, and will be sidelined for up to 12 weeks.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was already planning to be without Jonathan Sexton, whose 12-week stand down after four concussions in a year made him unavailable for the test at Italy on Feb. 7, and the home game against France on Feb. 14.
That left Leinster’s Ian Madigan and Munster’s Ian Keatley to contend for the No. 10 jersey in Rome.
Ulster center Stuart Olding suffered elbow ligament damage in the same game as Jackson, and will also miss the entire Six Nations while he’s out for up to 12 weeks.
Meanwhile, center Robbie Henshaw, regarded as the heir to Brian O’Driscoll’s position, sprained his ankle in Connacht’s match with Exeter on Sunday, and won’t play this weekend. He’s in a race to be fit in time for the Six Nations opening weekend.