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Paddy Jackson 'signing for English club Sale' - Olding waiting in the wings

Former Ulster fly half Paddy Jackson is believed to have agreed a deal with Aviva Premiership club Sale Sharks, as first reported by the Belfast Telegraph last week.

His former Kingspan team-mate Stuart Olding could also join him there. Both players had their contracts revoked by the IRFU earlier this month after a review into their conduct following a high-profile rape trial in which both were found unanimously not guilty of rape, with Jackson also acquitted of sexual assault.

Jackson is believed to have agreed a deal worth less than £200,000 a year, which is a significant pay cut from his contract with the IRFU which was reportedly worth over £250,000.

Olding has not completed negotiations but is likely to agree to a similar pay cut if he signs for  the Manchester-based club.

The pair had initially been linked with Top 14 giants Clermont and English champions Exeter Chiefs, although both clubs denied their interest.

Sale are currently seventh in the Aviva Premiership and are battling for a place in next season’s Champions Cup, while reports suggest they have also made a substantial offer to Wallabies full-back Israel Folau.

Meanwhile, Ulster lock Iain Henderson looks certain to miss Ireland’s tour of Australia this summer after a knee injury he sustained in Saturday’s draw with Munster.

The second row is set to be sidelined long enough that he will miss the three-game series against the Wallabies down under. The 26-year old will also miss Ulster’s possible Champions Cup play-off against the Ospreys the weekend of May 18-20.

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