London Irish have re-signed hooker Gerard Ellis on a new two-year deal, which keeps him at the Madejski Stadium side until at least 2017.
The 21-year-old, who is both Welsh and English qualified, is an academy product and has made seventeen appearances, scoring two tries to date.
“I have been at London Irish for a long time and I was more than happy to extend that stay for another two years,” Ellis told London-Irish.com.
“The direction the club is moving in is promising and the ambition of the owners and the set up at our new Hazelwood training ground made extending my contract a straightforward decision.”
London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith added: “Gerard is a tremendous athlete and a warrior whenever he takes to the field.
“He is disciplined and has developed really well in the last year under the guidance of Dec Danaher, Glenn Delaney and David Paice and will only get better.
“If he continues to work hard, I believe he has the ability to be a great player for London Irish and a future Test player.”