Bristol Bears scrum-half Nic Stirzaker will leave the club to join Montauban in the French PROD2 at the end of the campaign, writes Andrew Clayton.
The Australian made 18 appearances over two seasons at Ashton Gate, following a short spell at Saracens after four years with Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby. However, he has struggled for game time at Bristol with the emergence of fellow number nines Harry Randall and Andy Uren this season.
Bears director of rugby Pat Lam gave his best wishes to the Australian. He said: “Nic is a consummate professional who has been a really positive influence for our young players and an excellent team man to have around the environment.
“His communication skills and leadership have helped our team develop and his performances on and off the field have contributed to our growth as a Team.
“Nic speaks excellent French and his wife Estelle hails from France. We completely support them both in this move and for the next chapter of his career.
“We wish them all the best and know they will have an amazing life experience of playing and living in France.”
Bears’ Premiership and European Challenge Cup campaigns, meanwhile, have been brought to a halt after both competitions were postponed last week.