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Elbow injuries rule both Jackson and Olding out of Six Nations

Both exciting young backs require surgery and will miss at least 10 weeks of rugby.

Rory Best is the last man standing from this pre-season pic at Carton House.
Rory Best is the last man standing from this pre-season pic at Carton House.
Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO

ULSTER OUT-HALF PADDY Jackson and utility back Stuart Olding have both been ruled out of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign through injury.

Both young backs require surgery on elbow injuries – ‘unstable joint’ for Jackson and ligament damage for Olding – sustained in the weekend defeat away to Toulon with 10-12 weeks given as the recovery timeframe.

The time on the sidelines will take the 23 and 21-year-olds up to April this season, with Ireland’s Six Nations wrapping up away to Scotland on 21 March.

Louis Ludik has always been added to the lengthy injury list at Kingspan Stadium, the South African fractured a rib against Toulon and is expected to be sidelined for a month.

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