IT’S LATE AT night, the sky is pitch black for miles around Carton House. Outside, the only sound is wind rustling in the trees. Inside, all of Ireland’s rugby squad are sound asleep in their beds.
All bar one. The Ghost of Carton House, a mystery of Scooby Doo proportions.
The ghost wanders here and there, they say (well that’s what they usually say isn’t it?), but continually returns to haunt one man. In he’ll sneak through the walls, a soft tune playing as he glides to the pillow where he whispers a terrifying:
“Hey, Johnno. Johnno! I’m coming for your number 10 jersey,” before drifting back out leaving the Leinster man ashen-faced.
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Paddy Jackson would have gotten away with it had it not been for… well, for his ‘confession’ today.
After ticking a box with a run-of-the-mill answer to a query about his relationship with his fellow out-halves in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad, the 23-year-old slows his voice to a crawl.
“Johnny’s a legend,” Jackson states with a deadpan expression suddenly bereft of humour. In hindsight, we should have seen the joke coming before the punchline hit.
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When the jokes are left aside, the Ulster man may concede that Sexton will remain Schmidt’s first choice by a distance. Indeed, the reason he slipped the word ‘legend’ in was as a forfeit for losing a drop-goal contest with the former Racing Metro man early today.
So the situation remains: Jackson is competing with Ian Madigan to be a back-up to the Lions 10. Though, the issue of sorting out the understudies also remains clouded by Schmidt’s fondness for utility options among his replacements.