Prop Rodney Ah You has signed a new two-year contract with the IRFU and Connacht, tying him to the province until at least June 2016.
Ah You can play on either side of the scrum, giving the Connacht coaching team continued options up front.
The 25-year-old New Zealander is one of four squad members to have played in all 13 games so far this season, including the recent Heineken Cup back-to-back fixtures against Toulouse.
Ah You joined Connacht in 2010, coming from Canterbury. Growing up in Christchurch and attending Christchurch Boys High, the former boxer switched to playing rugby full time when he was 16 years old.
Five years later, he caught the attention of the Irish province while playing for New Zealand's juniors and soon made the move to the West of Ireland.
He has been capped by the All Blacks at U19 and U20 level and was also a member of New Zealand's winning Junior World Cup sides in both 2007 and 2008.
Over the last three and half seasons with Connacht, Ah You has notched up 57 senior caps.
"When I arrived here at the end of last season, Dan and I decided to give Rodney a one-year extension to prove to us that he has the ability to fulfill his obvious potential," said head coach Pat Lam.
"With his performances this season and the progress and development he has made physically and mentally, his determination to succeed is more than evident.
"We are now delighted that he has signed a new contract which will secure him to Connacht for two more seasons. As a young prop who can play loosehead or tighthead and a good team man, Rodney will be a huge asset for Connacht and we look forward to seeing him develop further."