Ulster confident of retaining Jackson’s services

Date published: September 30 2016

Ulster are confident that Ireland fly-half Paddy Jackson will not be leaving them at the end of the 2016/17 season.

Although Jackson is set to sign a central contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union, he has been linked with a move to Premiership side Northampton Saints in the Belfast Telegraph.

Jackson showed his class at Test level during Ireland's three-Test series against the Springboks in South Africa when he replaced his country's first-choice pivot Jonathan Sexton.

With Ulster's talismanic Springbok scrum-half Ruan Pienaar also set to leave the province at the end of the current campaign, Ulster boss Les Kiss can't afford to lose the services of another key player.

Several of Jackson's Ulster team-mates, including fellow internationals Luke Marshall and Craig Gilroy, were on Premiership clubs' wanted lists but they signed new deals with Ulster.