Johnnie Beattie completes switch to Castres from Montpellier

Johnnie Beattie in action for Montpellier

Castres Olympique have confirmed the signing of Scotland back-row forward Johnnie Beattie among seven additions to their squad for next season.

The 28-year-old has arrived on a three-year contract after ending a two-year spell with French Top 14 runners-up Montpellier Herault.

Castres, who finished sixth, have recruited two others from their rivals.

French centre Thomas Combezou, 27, and 25-year-old New Zealand-born prop Paea Fa'anunu switch along with Beattie.

Richie Gray in Castres colours
Beattie will join Scotland team-mate Richie Gray in Castres' colours next season

Also signing on at the Stade Pierre-Antoine are Fiji-born former New Zealand wing Sitiveni Sivivatu, 32, previously of Clermont Auvergne, and three Frenchmen - 29-year-old prop Yohan Montes, who was with Stade Toulousain, 26-year-old fly-half Julien Dumora, from Lyon, and under-18 international forward Théo Hannoyer.

Glasgow-born Beattie joins Richie Gray at Castres, his fellow Scotland forward having switched from Sale Sharks last summer.

Both are on the national squad's summer tour and were in the starting line-up for Saturday's 24-6 victory over the United States in Houston.

Beattie, who can play at flanker and number eight, spent eight years with Glasgow Warriors before moving to Montpellier.

Despite finishing sixth in the French top flight, Castres progressed to the play-off final, losing 18-10 to table-topping Toulon.

Full-back Brice Dulin, prop Anton Peikrishvili and number eight Antonie Claassen subsequently left for Racing Metro, who have also recruited versatile back Yoan Audrin from Montpellier.

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