Connacht have announced the signing of prop Paddy McAllister from English Premiership side Gloucester for next season.

McAllister joined Gloucester from Aurillac in France having previously made 44 appearances for his native Ulster. He has played for Ireland at Schools, Under-19 & Under-20 level.

The 29-year-old has spent the last three years at Gloucester but will leave the Premiership outfit at the end of the current season and make the move to the Sportsground ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

McAllister  said: "I am delighted to sign for Connacht and hugely looking forward to joining the squad next season. There is no doubt that Connacht are a team on the rise.

"There is huge excitement surrounding Connacht at the moment both on and off the field and I hope to contribute to that from next season.

"I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the players, staff and supporters of Gloucester for their support during my time with the club and for my family for their continued support."