Hot on the heels of his departure from Lyon in the Top 14, English back-rower Carl Fearns has signed a deal with Pro D2 side Rouen on a two-season contract.
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Carl FEARNS, 3ème ligne du @LeLOURugby 🐺 posera ses valises pour 2 saisons au RNR !
Carl apportera toute sa détermination et son expérience pour aider le club à continuer de grandir 👍
Souhaitez lui la bienvenue en Normandie ! pic.twitter.com/URWBkCKAxO
— Rouen Normandie Rugby (@RouenNdieRugby) May 18, 2020
The former Bath back row was linked with a move to Northampton Saints last year but has now put the rumours to rest with his new deal in Rouen.
Pleased to be heading Rouen. New challenge, New team mates...let’s go. https://t.co/WLqq3baOGA
— Carl Fearns (@Carl_Fearns) May 18, 2020
Renowned for his physical style of play in both attack and defence, the 30-year-old joined Lyon from Bath in 2015 and helped them return to the French top-flight by winning promotion.
Fearns left Bath after 73 appearances and earning a reputation for an uncompromising style of play.
He returned to England to sign for Premiership side Gloucester Rugby on a three-year contract from the 2017-18 season.
A change of mind saw him stay at Lyon as Gloucester confirmed that Fearns would continue to ply his trade in the Top 14 with Lyon, despite putting pen to paper on a three-year contract to join Gloucester Rugby.
Fearns has made well over 50 appearances for Lyon and took his cap tally to 30 by the end of the 2018/19 Champions Cup.