19 Jun, 06:50
A single point separated the sides as a hard-fought 5th-8th place play-off finished in France's favour at Stade Henri Desgrange on Tuesday night. Check out some photos from Ireland's fourth IRB Junior World Championsip match.
Currently a Castres front rower, Fitzpatrick - whose last Irish cap came in August 2003's 61-6 win over Italy at Thomond Park - is expected to finalise contract details in the coming days.
The 31-year-old linked up with Castres - currently fifth in the French Championship - two years ago, and was influential in Ulster's run to the 1999 European Cup title - helping Harry Williams' men past Colomiers 21-16 in the Lansdowne Road final.
The Chicester-born prop has been competing with Yannick Forestier and Argentinian international Mauricio Reggiardo for the Castres loosehead berth this season, and started in the Stade Pierre-Antoine club's 31-29 defeat of Bourgoin last Saturday.
The move completes a busy four weeks off-field for Ulster and coach Mark McCall. Having already lured Australian lock Justin Harrison and former New Zealand Under-19 World Cup winning scrum-half Isaac Boss to Ravenhill for next season, McCall also tied in a new three-year deal for his current first choice scrum-half Kieran Campbell last week.