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Paddy Jackson will NOT face Connacht in Galway this weekend

 

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Perpignan's Paddy Jackson in action

Perpignan's Paddy Jackson in action

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Perpignan's Paddy Jackson in action

Former Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson will NOT make his return to Ireland this weekend after he was left out of Perpignan's squad for their game against Connacht in Galway.

The two teams meet in a Challenge Cup match at the Sportsground on Saturday, however former Ulsterman Jackson has been left out of the 26-man squad and will remain in France.

It was always likely that this would be the case, with Perpignan putting all their focus on getting a win in their league, the Top 14, and avoiding relegation rather than mounting a European challenge.

However, Jackson said earlier this week that "it would be great to play on Irish soil again", sparking the possibility he may feature.

That dream has been quickly ended though, but he may play against Connacht in the return fixture next weekend as Perpignan try and pick up a momentum-boosting victory.

Back-up fly-halves Enzo Selponi and Paul Marty will instead travel to Galway, with the former likely to get the start.

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