Controversial fly-half Paddy Jackson confirms next club following London Irish exit - Ruck

Controversial fly-half Paddy Jackson confirms next club following London Irish exit

There are reports suggesting that Paddy Jackson, the former playmaker for London Irish, is likely to join Lyon Rugby, a French team.

According to L’Equipe, the 31-year-old ex-Ulster fly-half is expected to join Lyon for the upcoming 2023/24 Top 14 season.

The Rhone-based club is said to be interested in acquiring his services following the departure of All Black player Lima Sopoaga.

Jackson has previously played for Perpignan during the 2018/19 season before moving to London Irish, and now it seems he could be making a comeback to France.

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#1. Marcus Smith

After the World Cup, Racing 92, the esteemed French rugby club, has expressed their interest in acquiring the services of Smith, initiating discussions about a potential move to Paris.

According to the Mail Online, Smith has a year remaining on his contract at Harlequins but Racing are exploring the option of a buy-out to land him next season.

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Finn Russell’s departure for Bath during the summer has prompted Parisian club to identify Marcus Smith as an exciting replacement, particularly after his impressive performance at La Defense Arena in the Champions Cup.

Currently earning approximately £450,000 per season as a player for Harlequins in the Premiership, Smith could become one of the highest-paid players globally if he makes the move.

The Rugby Paper had previously reported Racing 92’s keen interest in signing the talented playmaker at the conclusion of the 2023/24 season.

Racing, who will be coached by former England boss Stuart Lancaster, have already confirmed the signing of South Africa captain Siya Kolisi for next season.

There are unconfirmed reports that Smith faces a battle to make England’s World Cup squad following the re-emergence of George Ford.

Marcus Smith of Harlequins looks dejected after losing during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins at Sandy Park on 25th September 2022. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

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