Connacht centre Sammy Arnold will join Top 14 side Brive at the end of the season.

The 25-year-old Ireland international has signed a three year deal with the French side, who are currently ninth in the Top 14.

Brive are coached by former Ireland and Lions second row Jeremy Davidson, while Arnold will be linking up with his former Ulster teammate Stuart Olding, who has been at the club since 2018.

Arnold, who made his Ireland debut against the USA in 2018, has been at Connacht since joining from Munster in the summer of 2020.

"Connacht Rugby can confirm centre Sammy Arnold will join French side Brive following the conclusion of the current season," reads a statement from the Irish province.

"Arnold joined the club in the summer of 2020 and has made 21 appearances for the province."

"Everyone at Connacht Rugby thanks Sammy for his professionalism and dedication, and wishes him every success when he moves on to his new club next summer."

The English-born player, who is Irish qualified through his Wexford-born mother, came through Ulster's academy, before joining Munster in 2016.

Since joining Connacht in 2020 he has been a regular in Andy Friend's matchday squad, featuring in all five of their United Rugby Championship games so far this season, starting the Interpro games against his former sides Munster and Ulster.

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