Ireland prop Linda Djougang will join French club ASM Romagnat for the 2021-22 season.
The 25-year-old has been a key member of the Irish side, winning 12 caps since she made her international debut against England during the 2019 Six Nations.
But the switch to the French three-time Elite 1 league champions, who are affiliated with Top 14 outfit Clermont Auvergne, will not preclude the Cameroon-born player from playing for Ireland after the IRFU brokered a deal which allows Djougang to remain available for international selection.
"This is a really positive move for Linda as she will be able to train full-time in a professional environment and test herself regularly against some of the best players in the world," said IRFU Director of Women's and Sevens Rugby Anthony Eddy.
"We have established a strong connection with the coaches in ASM Romagnat which will allow us to collaborate on Linda's ongoing development. Linda will remain available for all Ireland camps and matches."
The move will be completed after the Women's Rugby World Cup qualifiers which take place between 13–25 September where Ireland are grouped against Scotland, Italy and Spain.
Djougang, who is fluent in French, said that the move would allow her to develop her game further.
"I am determined to be the best player I can be and working with the coaches at ASM Romagnat and being in their environment will help accelerate my development," she said.
"Playing in the French league week in week out will be incredible and I am really looking forward to committing everything to this opportunity. David (Nucifora) and Anthony have put in a lot of work to make sure this move would be a good fit for me."