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Jackson's New Club Perpignan Drawn Against Connacht In Challenge Cup

Jackson's New Club Perpignan Drawn Against Connacht In Challenge Cup
By PJ Browne Updated

Connacht have been drawn against Paddy Jackson's new club, Perpignan, in the pool stage of the 2018/19 Challenge Cup.

They will also face Bordeaux-Begles and Sale Sharks.

Earlier this month, the 26-year-old Jackson signed a two-year deal with the French club.

Jackson had his contract revoked by the IFRU and Ulster Rugby in April following the events of a rape trial in which he was involved.

At the time of his signing, Perpignan's sporting director, Christian Lanta, called Jackson both a "proven kicker" and a "talented playmaker".

On Tuesday, Jackson began pre-season training with the Top 14 side.

"I want to find my best level quickly, I may be a little rusty but not too much. I will learn the culture of the team, I will recover ground and that's good," he told L'Equipe.

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Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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