Mitch Lees is to leave Exeter Chiefs and join French Top 14 side CA Brive ahead of the new 2019/20 season.
The 30-year-old Australian departs having spent the past five years at Sandy Park, where he has amassed 113 appearances, scoring eight tries in the process.
Brought to the club during the summer of 2014 from London Welsh, Lees quickly established himself as a prominent figure in the Chiefs pack.
His on-field form was rewarded at the end of the 2015/16 season when he was part of the England Saxons squad for their summer tour to South Africa, whilst he has featured in three of Exeter’s four Premiership Final appearances, including in 2017 when the club won the competition for the first time.
Last season, however, injuries and form meant Lees was restricted to just 14 appearances in all competitions, the last of which came against Bath in the Gallagher Premiership back in March.