Young full-back Robbie Henshaw has signed a full two-year contract with Connacht after impressing for their Academy.
The 19-year-old has enjoyed a phenomenal rise through the ranks considering he was still captaining his school, Marist College, as recently as March.
Henshaw, now committed to Connacht until 2015, was named on the bench for the RaboDirect PRO12 opener against Cardiff Blues and has gone on to feature in all 13 games this season.
He started against French powerhouses Biarritz in round three of the Heineken Cup last weekend and contributed significantly to the 22-14 victory over the defending Amlin Challenge Cup champions.
Henshaw said: "I'm absolutely delighted to have signed a full contract with Connacht. This is my home province and it's so good to have the chance to play here.
"Last year, my ambitions were to get into the academy, that's all I wanted. Then I got on the bench for the first game of the season and the last three months have been amazing.
"Nigel (Carolan) has been great to me and Eric (Elwood) has given young players a chance here, so I owe them both a lot. Connacht has progressed so much in recent years and a few years ago it wouldn't have been possible for me to be playing for my local region."