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Perpignan sign former Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson

Jackson had his Ireland and Ulster contract revoked in April.

Former Ulster and Ireland fly-half Paddy Jackson has joined Perpignan on a two-year deal.

The 26-year-old’s contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster was revoked in April following a review into his behaviour after he was acquitted on rape charges.

Perpignan sporting director Christian Lanta told the French club’s website: “Paddy Jackson, in the tradition of Irish 10s, knows how to bring his individual qualities to benefit the collective.

“He is a proven kicker, a talented playmaker, Paddy can bring his international experience to the team.”

Jackson and his former team-mate Stuart Olding, 25, were sacked from Ulster Rugby earlier this year.

The pair were cleared in March of raping the same woman following a nine-week Belfast trial.

Paddy Jackson was acquitted of rape charges in March (Niall Carson/PA)

Jackson had previously been linked with Top 14 giants Clermont Auvergne and with Aviva Premiership side Sale Sharks.

Perpignan secured promotion to the top flight of French rugby last season after a four-year absence.

Versatile back Olding joined French team Brive last month.

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