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25th Jan 2019

Paddy Jackson set to join former coaches at London Irish

Conan Doherty

The trip to France hasn’t been a hugely successful one but it looks like it’ll be short-lived anyway.

Paddy Jackson is set to leave Perpignan to join London Irish.

According to the Telegraph, the former Ulster Rugby player has agreed a long-term contract to link up with two former coaches now in charge of the RFU Championship side.

Les Kiss

Kiss was the Director of Rugby at Ulster where he would’ve worked with Jackson for the guts of three seasons.

Declan Kidney

Kidney is the man who gave Jackson his international debut when he started him against Scotland in the Six Nations back in 2013.

Jackson was acquitted of rape last year but both he and Stuart Olding had their Ulster Rugby contracts revoked by the IRFU because of comments made in texts and on social media.

The fly half joined Perpignan in the Top 14 in France but it has been a disastrous campaign for the club who haven’t won a single game and are headed straight for relegation.

London Irish, meanwhile, are on their way to the Premiership – if they can keep their momentum going – after winning 11 of their first 12 Championship games this season and they sit comfortably top of the table.

The 27-year-old has agreed what is being described as a “significant deal” to take him to the English capital next season where he would join up with former Leinster player and his old Ireland under-20 team mate Brendan Macken.

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