Jacob was Ulster’s joint try scorer last season with 9 tries, all the more remarkable considering he only played in 6 games. Joe Schmidt called him up to the Ireland squad for the tour to America and Japan and he scored on his debut against the USA Eagles.
Jacob played in all five of Ireland’s Six Nations matches, and scored a record-breaking seven tries in this years competition. He further received the accolade of best player in the tournament and was an integral part of Ireland’s grand slam winning team.
Jacob and his parents live within 300 metres of Pollock Park and Jacob has accepted the role of Tigers Ambassador. He has agreed to help promote rugby and recruit new Tigers on his days off from his Ulster Rugby commitments.
Jess Gardener, Jacob’s long-standing girl friend is also a keen rugby fan. “His” Tigers have now become “their” Tigers. This has been amazing for the Club and has really lifted our profile.
The Club have 28 primary schools within its catchment area which equates to 6,500 potential rugby players. There are also 8 high schools and colleges within the catchment area equating to another 6,000 potential rugby players.
Marketing information is currently being printed with Jacob’s images to assist in a flyer, poster, bill board and signage campaign to significantly grow the Clubs player numbers both at Youth and Senior level.