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Stuart Olding named Player of the Season after helping Brive to promotion to Top 14

 

Stuart Olding
Stuart Olding
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Former Ulster centre Stuart Olding has been named Player of the Season at French side Brive after their promotion to the Top 14 at the weekend.

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Olding, 27, quickly became a fan favourite at the club after joining them in May 2018 - in the wake of his Ulster contract being revoked after he was acquitted of rape - and was a vital part of their efforts to return to the top tier of French rugby after a one-year absence.

Switching between fly-half, centre and full-back, Olding made 23 appearances during the season for Brive, scoring four tries and kicking eight conversions and 11 penalties.

His efforts helped them to finish top of the Pro D2 table and, although they lost the play-off final to Bayonne, they still gained promotion thanks to a victory over Grenoble in a promotion/relegation play-off last Sunday.

Olding has already pledged his future to the club having signed a contract extension back in October and will be key in the Top 14 next season.

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