Blair signs for Brive

Reports say scrum-half has signed one-year deal with relegated club

Last Updated: 28/05/12 3:31pm

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Mike Blair: Set to spearhead Brive's push for promotion back to Top 14

Mike Blair: Set to spearhead Brive's push for promotion back to Top 14

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British and Irish Lions scrum-half Mike Blair has signed with relegated French club Brive, according to various reports in the French press.

The Edinburgh and Scotland scrum-half was long believed to be heading to Perpignan.

But reports suggest that negotiations broke down over Blair's salary, with USAP believed to be focusing on rebuilding their pack after a tough season.

Sources close to Brive have indicated that the 80-cap international is arriving at a very reasonable price considering his wealth of experience as the 1997 Heineken Cup champions look to win promotion back into the Top 14 next season.

The 31-year-old, who is currently with the Scotland squad in Australia, announced his departure from Edinburgh in April and is understood to have inked a one-year deal.

Brive are also believed to be close to signing Fijian wings Ilekena Bolakoro (Biarritz) and Malakai Bakaniceva (Tarbes).

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