Connacht have announced that lock Gavin Thornbury has signed a two-year contract extension to take him up to the end of the 2020/21 season. The 24-year-old has made 17 senior appearances since joining the province last season.
Prior to joining Connacht, Gavin Thornbury spent six months in New Zealand where he played for club side Border on the North Island and helped them to victory in the Wanganui Premier Club competition.
During that time, the towering youngster also played for the Wanganui provincial representative team. He has previously represented Ireland at Under-20 level and UCD in the top flight of the All-Ireland League.
Commenting on contract news, Connacht head coach Andy Friend said: “Gavin is a top quality player who has really impressed me and everyone at the province. He is a big powerful player who is continuing to get better and better the more he plays. He has a really bright future and has the potential to play consistently at the highest level. He will be a vital player for us in the seasons ahead.”
Following his contract extension, Thornbury added: “I’m absolutely delighted to extend my contract with Connacht. I am part of an excellent squad that is full of ambition about where we can go and what we can achieve. I’m really enjoying my time at Connacht and I look forward to many more games in the Connacht jersey.”