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Paddy Jackson ruled out of Argentina tour

By Staff Reporter

Leinster's Ian Madigan has been handed a dramatic reprieve by Joe Schmidt after injury forced Paddy Jackson out of next month's two-Test tour to Argentina.

Madigan had been slated to join the Emerging Ireland tour to Romania but it is now likely that Munster pair Ian Keatley, who remains behind Madigan in Schmidt's pecking order, and JJ Hanrahan will make that trip.

Jackson may have to undergo surgery on the complicated lower back problem that has plagued him for some time, although he is hopeful that a summer of rest may help improve the situation.

The Ulster out-half had been managing the injury but the hefty blow that forced him off in last Saturday's PRO12 semi-final prompted severe swelling in the area.

As a result, both Madigan and Keatley joined first-choice Jonny Sexton in the early week mini-camp as cover, with Schmidt now opting to select the Leinster man in Jackson's place.

Leinster's intermittent starter Madigan was also drafted in to replace the luckless out-half on the bench for the Six Nations championship decider in Paris last spring.

Schmidt had indicated that a lack of game time at Leinster had militated against Madigan's chances of featuring, despite a scintillating try from the bench against Ulster that clinched his side's PRO12 final berth.

Jackson came off after 56 minutes of Ulster's PRO12 semi-final play-off defeat by Leinster at the RDS. The Irish Rugby Football Union said in a statement the 22-year-old will require rest and recuperation as he bids to be fit for next season.

Ulster back Tommy Bowe is being rested after an injury-plagued season, while Leinster centre Gordon D'Arcy is also absent.

The squad will fly out on Sunday June 1, with the first Test in Resistencia, in the north-east of Argentina, six days later.

The second Test will take place a week later in Tucuman, north-western Argentina, both with a 7.40pm kick-off time.

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