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'I want to find my best level quickly' - Paddy Jackson makes his rugby return in France

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Perpignan's Irish flyhalf Paddy Jackson. Photo: Raymond Roig/AFP/Getty Images

Perpignan's Irish flyhalf Paddy Jackson. Photo: Raymond Roig/AFP/Getty Images

Perpignan's Irish flyhalf Paddy Jackson. Photo: Raymond Roig/AFP/Getty Images

Paddy Jackson made his return to rugby yesterday as he turned out for pre-season training for the first time with new club Perpignan.

The 26-year-old was pictured meeting his new team-mates at Perpignan's training base in the south of France. Jackson signed a two-year deal with the newly-promoted French side last month.

The fly-half and fellow former Ulster star Stuart Olding, who has signed a deal to play with French ProD2 side Brive, were acquitted of all charges in a high-profile rape case but had their contracts revoked by the IRFU afterwards.

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

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