Northern Ireland

Paddy Jackson signs for London Irish

Paddy Jackson said he was "delighted" to be joining London Irish 
Paddy Jackson said he was "delighted" to be joining London Irish 

Former Ireland international Paddy Jackson is to join newly-promoted London Irish ahead of the 2019-20 season.

The 25-times capped fly-half joined Perpignan in the summer of 2018, but he will now play in England's Gallagher Premiership following London Irish's promotion from the Championship.

"I'm delighted to be joining London Irish next season at such an exciting and pivotal time for everyone involved with the club," Jackson told the official club website.

"London Irish have a clear vision for where they want to be and I look forward to being part of it."

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Jackson (27) was acquitted of rape in 2018 but then had his contract revoked by the Irish Rugby Football Union.

He will link-up with former Ireland coach Declan Kidney and ex-Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss who are now director of rugby and head coach at London Irish.

Declan Kidney said: “Players of the calibre of Paddy Jackson do not become available very often and both myself and Les are looking forward to working with him in the future.

“He is a player with proven international quality who we feel will add value to our squad, and it is pleasing that Paddy sees London Irish as a part of his future.”

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