Updated: Tuesday, 08 April 2014 22:04 | By Agence France-Presse

Bayonne flanker Puricelli to join Lyon

Former France flanker Julien Puricelli is to leave Top 14 club Bayonne for Pro D2 leaders Lyon on a two-year contract at the end of the season.

Bayonne flanker Puricelli to join Lyon

Bayonne's flanker Julien Puricelli passes the ball during the French Top 14 rugby union match against Lyon Olympique Universitaire at the Jean Dauger stadium in Bayonne, on November 25, 2011 - by Gaizka Iroz

The 32-year-old, capped four times by France in 2009, has been at Bayonne since 2008 and was previously at Castres and Grenoble.

Lyon are likely to win promotion into the Top 14 at the end of this season and have already upped their recruitment with the signings of Kiwi prop Hoani Tui from Exeter, Australian flanker George Smith from Suntory Sungoliath and Racing-Metro lock Karim Ghezal.

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