Prior to joining Connacht, Thornbury spent six months in New Zealand where he played for club side Border on the North Island and helped them to victory in the Wanganui premier club competition. During that time, he also played for the Wanganui provincial representative team. He has previously represented Ireland at Under 20 level.
Commenting on the signing, Connacht Head Coach, Andy Friend said: “Gavin is a top quality player who has really impressed me and everyone at the club. He is a big powerful player who is continuing to get better and better the more he plays. He has a really bright future and has the potential to play consistently at the highest level. He will be a vital player for us in the seasons ahead.”
Following his contract extension, Gavin Thornbury added: “I’m absolutely delighted to extend my contract with Connacht. I am part of an excellent squad that is full of ambition about where we can go and what we can achieve. I am really enjoying my time at Connacht and I look forward to many more games in the Connacht jersey.”