Jackson could face Canada

Date published: November 8 2016

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Ireland fly-half Paddy Jackson could start for his country against Canada at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday after he returned to the squad.

Jackson missed the surprise win against New Zealand due to "personal reasons" after he was arrested over alleged sexual offences in June.

He is now back in the setup and with head coach Joe Schmidt poised to make changes for the clash with Canada, Jackson could get a start.

"Paddy's obviously dealing with other things outside of the environment, which we'll leave him to get on with, but in terms of what he's doing here, he's focused on trying to perform if selected this week," Ireland assistant coach Simon Easterby told Sky Sports on Tuesday.

"Paddy's good; what he showed in the summer tour in South Africa was what we all expected of him.

"He stood up and really led the team in South Africa under really difficult circumstances at times.

"He was assured, he was controlled and he's on good form."

Following the clash with Canada, Ireland will face New Zealand and then Australia at the Aviva Stadium to finish their November Series.

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