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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 scored a try on his league debut for Perpignan on Saturday afternoon.

Jackson, who was cleared of rape after a high-profile trial in March, scored his side's first try and an early penalty but couldn't prevent visitors Stade Francais running out comfortable 46-15 winners.

He was replaced during the second half.

Other than pre-season fixtures in France, 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 facing trial.

The number 10 and his fellow former Ulster player Stuart Olding were unanimously acquitted of all charges.

However, the IRFU and Ulster subsequently cancelled Jackson's contract before he was signed by Perpignan in June.

Ahead of the game against Toulouse, Jackson informed a French website: "I'm so impatient to play again with a smile on my face and to see these steps filled."

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