Brive have confirmed that France international lock Arnaud Mela has signed a three year contract and will join the club at the end of the season.
Mela , who is currently with Albi, made his international debut against Ireland in the Six Nations after getting a call up to replace the injured Pascal Papé.
"I have been in touch with Laurent Seigne at Brive over the last few months and I am very excited by the club's plans for the future. There are also some exciting opportunities for me at Brive" said the 28 year old forward.
Mela is the second player this week to join the 1997 Heineken Cup champions following yesterday's announcement that Arnaud Pic will move south from ASM Clermont Auvergne.
Brive will play Sale Sharks in the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals on Friday, 4th April at 7.30 pm (local time).
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.