With flanker Ouedraogo facing three months on the sidelines, Montpellier have acted quickly to bring in Otago captain Paul Grant to bolster their back row resources as they get set for a crucial few weeks.
Grant, who has represented New Zealand at Sevens in the World Series in 2008 and 2009, has already arrived in France as a medical joker and is set to be involved in the action almost immediately.
He can also play second row as well as back row and comes with an impressive reputation having played senior rugby with his native Otago since 2007. The 26-year-old has featured more than 50 times for his home-town team and was handed the club captaincy in 2012 and again in 2013.
His signing comes on the back of another positive step for Montpellier, with star fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc having followed Ouedraogo in agreeing a new deal to remain at the Stade Yves du Manoir. He becomes the third New Zealander to join Montpellier this month after former All Black Rene Ranger and ex Canterbury and Auckland prop Paea Fa'anunu moved to the club.
Montpellier have added to their squad considerably since the summer, with the likes of Scotland lock Jim Hamilton, Springbok centre Wynand Olivier and France prop Nicolas Mas now part of Fabien Galthie's squad and Wallaby second row Sitaleki Timani ready to join the camp next week.