Capped three times for France A, he started his career with two seasons with Perigueux before joining Montferrand.
He moved to Brive in 2001 and has played there to this date playing his part in the resurgence of the club following their relegation from the Top 14 in 2000 making more than 70 first team appearances over the past four seasons.
Capdevielle, in Gloucester this week to put pen to paper, admitted that his French compatriot had delivered a good sales pitch.
"I know Olivier very well and obviously spoke to him before I made a decision. He told me what a fantastic club Gloucester is and how special it and its supporters are to him."
"I came over to watch a game at Kingsholm last season and I saw for myself that he was right and I immediately decided that I would like to be part of such a club."
"I am looking forward to the challenge of playing in England and playing my part in helping Gloucester challenge for honours."
As well as Capdevielle, Gloucester Rugby can also confirm the signings of second row Dave Attwood (Bristol Rugby), hooker Darren Dawiduik and prop Rupert Harden (Tynedale).
Attwood studied at Bristol University whilst on a part time contract with Bristol Rugby before going on to earn a senior deal.
University commitments limited Dave's first team availability in 2007-8. However, he still caught the eye of the England Saxons selectors and was named in the squad to face Italy A in February 2008.
He made 11 first team appearances for Bristol Rugby in 2008-9.
Dawiduik joined the Cornish Pirates as an 'Academy' player in 2006 having played his youth rugby at Truro, joining the city club at the age of 12, and making progress through the juniors and colts before he made a 1st team debut as a blind-side flanker in a league match against St. Ives.
He became a member of the South West of England Rugby Academy (SWERA) based at Truro, and he also gained selection to the England Colleges team in 2005.
He played for England Colleges again in 2006, and also captained the Truro College team that beat Filton in the final of the British Colleges Cup competition played at Castlecroft.
He made four appearances for the Cornish Pirates in his first season, and followed this with 14 in 2007-08 and 27 total appearances in 2008-9.
Formerly part of the Newcastle Falcons Academy, tight head Harden spent 2008-9 with National League 2 side Tynedale where he had spent time on loan.
The 23-year-old Australian-born prop mixed his youth between London, Rugby School and Cumbria and represented England Counties.
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