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Mike Blair's new club Brive are former winners of the Heineken Cup

Mike Blair's new club Brive are former winners of the Heineken Cup

Mike Blair's new club Brive are former winners of the Heineken Cup

Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair has confirmed he has joined French Pro2 club Brive from Edinburgh.

The 31-year-old had already announced his intention to leave the Scottish capital club following a 10-year stay. Blair, who will win his 82nd cap against Fiji on Saturday, is joining a club that were relegated last season but are former winners of the Heineken Cup.

In a statement released by Edinburgh, Blair said: "I've never made a secret of my desire to play in France at some stage during my career and I'm delighted that it will be with Brive."

He added: "It's a lovely place with an incredible support and I'm really looking forward to meeting up with them after the Scotland tour.

"There were a number of considerations that I wanted to take into account for me and my family and Brive ticks a lot of the boxes that matter to us."

Another player departing Edinburgh is Jim Thompson, who has signed for London Scottish.

Scotland A and Scotland Sevens international Thompson said: "It's a great honour to be joining London Scottish.

"The club is on the up and going places, and I'm looking forward to being part of a successful season."

The 27-year-old joins former Edinburgh team-mate Phil Godman as one of five Scottish summer signings the Exiles have made.

PA