Danny Qualter has been with the Connacht Academy for three years and now advances to a development contract with the province.
The Athlone-born lock has represented Ireland at Under-18, Schools and Under-19 level and has played 15 times for the Ireland Under-20s.
This season he made his debut for the Connacht senior team, coming off the bench against Edinburgh at home in the Sportsground.
His performance earned him a further two senior appearances in the Heineken Cup home and away games against French side Biarritz Olympique.
Height: 1.98m (6ft 4in)
Weight: 110kg (17st 3lb)
Honours: Ireland U18, U19, U20