Stuart Olding will make his return to rugby action in France with second-tier team Brive

Stuart Olding has joined Brive six weeks after his Ulster and Ireland contract was revoked following a nine-week rape trial.

The 25-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the French side, who were relegated from the Top 14 this season.

Olding and former Ulster team-mate Paddy Jackson were cleared of rape in the trial earlier this year.

He will link up with former Ulster and Ireland forward Jeremy Davidson, who is the new coach at Brive.

The French club announced Olding’s arrival on their website on Monday afternoon.

A brief statement said that the Ireland centre “will continue his career in Brive for the next two seasons”.

The Brive statement also spoke of Olding’s “versatility” with the Ulsterman also having played at full-back and fly-half for the Irish province.

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