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Jackson: I am ready

PADDY JACKSON Jackson insists his chastening Heineken Cup final experience last year has prepared him for his Ireland debut in Sunday's Six Nations clash with Scotland.

"I've come a long way since the Heineken Cup final. I'll be more used to dealing with nerves and don't think I'll be as nervous," he said.

"I'm excited and looking forward to getting out there against Scotland. I was very surprised to be selected. I had butterflies in my stomach, but then I calmed down."

Jackson will perform the kicking duties against Scotland, even though South African Ruan Pienaar fills the role for Ulster.

"I kicked for Ulster at the start of the season and felt as though it was a matter of keeping Ruan at bay for as long as possible," Jackson said.