Connacht have announced the signing of Australian Sevens international John Porch ahead of next season.

The winger was recruited into the sevens programme by Andy Friend, while he was coach of the Australian Sevens team in 2015.

In his first nine appearances for the Aussies, Porch scored 96 points and earned a place at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. In the 2017/18 World Series he went on to score 28 tries throughout the competition.

Commenting on the signing, Connacht coach Friend said: "John Porch is a player that was identified as a prospect for the Australian Sevens squad in early 2016. I was extremely impressed by his performances in his first tournament and subsequently offered him a contract.

"He was a hugely impressive player at sevens level, and I believe that he will suit the style of play and culture in Connacht as we prepare for the season ahead."
Porch added: "I am really excited about signing for Connacht. I obviously know Andy from his time with the Australia Sevens programme and he recruited me and gave me my debut in 2015.

"The possibility of playing Champions Cup rugby in the Sportsground next season is an opportunity I just couldn’t turn down. I’m looking forward to getting over to Ireland now and linking up with the squad."