Former Ulster prop Paddy McAllister will return to Irish Rugby next season, having signed for Connacht from English Premiership club Gloucester.
Paddy McAllister, who turns 30 in July, joined Gloucester from Aurillac in France having previously made 44 appearances for his native Ulster. He has played for Ireland at Under-19 Schools, Under-19 and Under-20 levels.
Announcing the signing, Connacht forwards coach Jimmy Duffy said: “We are delighted to announce that Paddy will be joining Connacht at the beginning of next season. Paddy is a powerful scrummager and strong ball carrier. He is a player that I have been impressed with and I think he will be a good addition to our squad next season.”
Commenting on his switch to the western province, McAllister added: “I’m delighted to sign for Connacht and hugely looking forward to joining the squad next season. There is no doubt that Connacht are a team on the rise.
“There is huge excitement surrounding Connacht at the moment, both on and off the field, and I hope to contribute to that from next season. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the players, staff and supporters of Gloucester for their support during my time with the club and for my family for their continued support.”