Video: Paddy Jackson makes Perpignan debut in first game in year
Former Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson has played in his first professional rugby match in over a year.
The out half was named on the Perpignan team against Toulouse on Thursday afternoon.
Jackson last took to the field on Ireland's summer tour against Japan in June 2017, before sitting out the entire 2017/18 season while he was on trial for rape.
Deuxième essai catalan dans la foulée ! C’est Sione Piukala qui se montre opportuniste après une grosse pression usapiste. Paddy Jackson transforme. 14-7 ! #USAP #USAPST #Top14 pic.twitter.com/x5bLHDTQmJ— Émilien Vicens (@VicensEmilien) August 9, 2018
The number ten was acquitted in March after the much publicised trial, with the IRFU and Ulster subsequently cancelling his contract before he was signed by French side Perpignan.
The newly-promoted outfit have named the 26-year-old in their squad to face Toulouse.
Perpignan then begin their Top 14 campaign with a clash against Stade Francais, who have recently hired Paul O'Connell as a forwards coach.
🏉 Les arrières : S.Degmache, T.Ecochard, D.Mélé, P.Jackson, R.Séguy, E.Selponi, A.Cocagi, A.Duguivalu, P.Lucas, S.Piukala, A.Taumoepeau, M.Acebes, J.Bousquet, JB.Pujol, J.Farnoux.#GENERATIONUSAP #USAPEMOTION pic.twitter.com/RP9dH49K0C— Usap (@usap_officiel) August 8, 2018
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