31 Jul 2009 - Rugby - Munster sign France prop Brugnaut

The three-times capped 27-year-old was a member of the France squad for the 2008 RBS Six Nations and made his debut against Scotland in that competition.

Brugnaut, who travelled to Ireland yesterday along with his agent, said: 'I was immediately impressed with what I saw and heard. It is a very professional set-up. I am of course well aware of Munster and their great history in the Heineken Cup and I am very happy to be joining them and looking forward to the challenge.'

Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald welcomed the deal, saying: 'It is the first time we have had a French international in the squad. We are delighted to be able to attract a player of Julien's quality and I believe it is a move that will reap dividends for both Munster and the player himself.'

Brugnaut joins on a one-year deal that includes an option for a second year. He returned home earlier this afternoon and will join up with the rest of the Munster squad next week.

Munster still have first choice pair John Hayes and Marcus Horan to call on in the propping department and their fellow Irish international tighthead Tony Buckley is also still with the province, although they have recently lost the services of province stalwart Federico Pucciarello.

With Hayes, Horan and Buckley all having international commitments for Ireland and Munster expected to mount a challenge for both the Magners League and the Heineken Cup the move has been taken to bolster front row resources.