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Former Ulster centre Stuart Olding completes move to French second-tier club Brive



Stuart Olding

Stuart Olding

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Stuart Olding

Former Ulster centre Stuart Olding will play in French rugby's second tier next season.

The 25-year-old has joined Brive on a two-year deal to play under incoming head coach Jeremy Davidson, a former Ulster and Ireland player.

Olding's contract was revoked by Ulster and the Irish Rugby Football Union last month, after he was acquitted of rape charges in March, as was then Ulster team-mate Paddy Jackson.


Reports surfaced this morning in France that Olding had visited the club's facilities and now the official club website have confirmed the deal.

Olding had been linked with Sale Sharks and Exeter Chiefs but both clubs distanced themselves from the move.

Paddy Jackson is still without a club. Rumours suggest Clermont were interested in securing his signature before the club ruled out signing the fly-half.

Brive endured a tough campaign and were relegated to PRO D2 after finishing bottom of the Top 14. Ulsterman Davidson had been coaching the forwards at Bordeaux-Bègles last season but has been confirmed as Brive's new head coach.

"I am very happy to come to Brive next year and have a new project here," said Davidson when his move to the club was announced. "It's a shame to go down in Pro D2 but we will rebuild and move forward."

Brive have announced Olding's signing alongside that of Georgian international Otar Giorgadze.

Highlights from Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding statements after they were acquitted in court as well as comments from the PSNI.

Belfast Telegraph