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Paddy Jackson set for Ireland return as Munster confirm friendly with London Irish

Paddy Jackson (Raymond Roig/Getty Images)
Paddy Jackson (Raymond Roig/Getty Images)
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Former Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson is set for a return to Ireland with new side London Irish after the club confirmed they'll face Munster in a friendly in Cork.

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The two sides will contest the Jack Wakefield Memorial Trophy, which is played for every time London Irish face an Irish province, at Irish Independent Park on Friday, September 13.

It will be a first appearance in Ireland for Jackson, if selected, since he and ex-Ulster team-mate Stuart Olding were sacked by the IRFU following text messages that came to light during a trial where they were acquitted of rape.

The pair both went to France - Jackson with Perpignan and Olding to Brive, where he still plays - with Jackson then moving on to the Exiles over the summer.

The 27-year-old fly-half made 25 appearances for Ireland during his Ulster career, which came to an end in 2017.

Jackson could have featured at the Galway Sportsground for Perpignan against Connacht in last season's European Challenge Cup, however the French side decided not to select him for that game.

Should he feature, it would be Jackson's first game on these shores since he played in Ulster's 17-13 win over Leinster on May 6, 2017.

It will also mark a first return to Ireland for former Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss, who is now in the same role with London Irish, while former Munster head coach Declan Kidney returns to the province too.

This is the ninth time the two sides have met in the last 12 seasons, with this part of Munster's preparations for their Guinness PRO14 challenge this season.

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