Paddy Jackson has been signed to French club Perpignan

Former Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson has been signed to French side Perpignan.

Paddy Jackson.

The 26-year-old's contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster was revoked in April following a review into his behaviour after he was acquitted on rape charges.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

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.

Olding joined French team Brive last month.


More on this topic

Whitewash victory for Munster over Southern Kings

French referees appointed for Irish provinces' European quarter-finals

Who could imagine France would lose fear factor?

Christians pip Crescent to kick-start historic week

More in this Section

Liverpool can soldier on without inspirational general Van Dijk – Hyypia

Brighton’s Burn demands right mentality to avoid cup upset

We were sloppy, but we ground out the win, says Watford’s Deeney

Manchester City face pitch-ed battle as Newport size up giant-killing


Lifestyle

Away with red tape!

Review: Post Malone in Dublin - Not music to change your life but tremendous fun

Review: Ariana Grande - Thank U, Next is a rollercoaster you’ll want to stay with

Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

More From The Irish Examiner