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Craig Gilroy: All I want for Christmas is Paddy Jackson

Looks like the flying Ulsterman might get his wish.

The duo celebrate after a Gilroy try for Ireland.
The duo celebrate after a Gilroy try for Ireland.
Image: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

ULSTER RUGBY ASKED their playing staff to name their ideal Christmas gifts and there were a few interesting requests.

While Tom Court, Mike McComish and Sean Doyle all want extra to to enjoy the holiday season with their families, six players had car, or tractor, related requests [Stephen Ferris wants a Skoda Fabia].

Tommy Bowe plugged his Lloyd & Price brand while Australian fullback Adam D’Arcy had forlorn hopes for a white Christmas.

Two players with chequered injury histories, Paddy McAllister [knee] and Jared Payne [Achilles], wished for restored, or fully-functioning body parts.

Andrew Trimble wished, in jest, for something quite different. His ideal Christmas gift is:

[Craig] Gilroy’s leg broke – joke.”

Gilroy, not content with stealing Trimble’s spot on the Irish left wing, has a unique request – ‘Paddy Jackson’, he revealed.

The young rugby stars roomed with each other when in the Irish training camp in November. Gilroy, through the magic of YouTube, let the world in on Jackson’s lip-sync talents:

YouTube credit: IrishRugbyTVOfficial

If Gilroy is hoping to be reunited with his provincial and international teammate for Christmas, he may be in for a disappointment.

Jackson’s ideal gift response is for ‘world peace’.

You can check the full list of gift wishes here and perhaps let Chris Henry know where he can get hold of the Michael Jackson Experience for the Wii.

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