Connacht Rugby and the IRFU have confirmed a new three-year contract extension for Tom McCartney.
The hooker, who can also play at loosehead prop, has agreed a deal that will see him play at the Sportsground until at least the summer of 2020.
McCartney, who will qualify to play for Ireland in October 2017, recently celebrated his 50th Connacht appearance with a Man of the Match performance and two tries against Benetton Treviso in the Guinness PRO12.
"I'm delighted to sign on for another three years with Connacht Rugby,” McCartney said. “I came here excited to be able to help the province achieve its vision of success and I believe we have the structures in place to see us continue to go from strength to strength.”
"I'm delighted for Connacht Rugby and our supporters that Tom has re-signed,” head coach Pat Lam said. “It is a massive statement for the future of the squad and the province.
"I've known Tom for so much of his career and he is a valuable leader on and off the pitch. Along with all the other recent re-signings, he will be an important contributor to the future success of the province.”