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Pat Lam

Pat Lam
Date of birth (1968-09-29) 29 September 1968
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Back Row
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)


Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
North Harbour
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996 Crusaders 3 (0)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
New Zealand
Coaching career
Years Club / team
Pacific Islanders

Patrick Richard Lam (born 29 September 1968 in Auckland) is a New Zealand born rugby union coach of Samoan descent. He was a previously an international player, with his position of choice being Number 8.


  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • Honours 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Playing career

Lam attended St Peter's College, Grafton, and captained the New Zealand Secondary Schools rugby team. He played at loose forward for Auckland, North Harbour and Crusaders, before moving to England where he first played for Newcastle Falcons. In his first season at Newcastle he made 22 appearances as they won the 1997-98 Premiership.[1] However, after that triumph he moved on to Northampton Saints, with whom he won the 1999–2000 Heineken Cup.[2] Lam moved back to Newcastle Falcons for the 2001–02 season, playing with the club for a year before retiring.[3]

Lam was capped once by the All Blacks in 1992 (All Black no. 928) in a non-test game against Sydney. He had played for Samoa first in 1991 and went on to captain them and represented them in three World Cups, retiring from international rugby after the 1999 tournament. Samoa reached the 1991 and 1995 quarter-finals against expectations.[4]

Lam has also represented the Barbarians. He was called up to the squad in 2002, and made his debut against England as a replacement, scoring a try. In his second game for the side, Lam captained the team, leading the Baa-Baas to victory over Wales, and scoring another try in what was his final game before retirement.[5]

Coaching career

Lam's first managerial position was as an Assistant Coach to Scotland at the 2003 Rugby World Cup.[6]

He was Head Coach of Auckland from 2004 until 2008. During his Auckland tenure he also coached the Pacific Islanders in 2006. He was Head Coach of Super Rugby team the Blues from 2009 to 2012.[7]

He worked with Samoa on the team's 2012 tour. Samoa's victories saw it reach eighth in the IRB rankings, and a secure second tier position for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[8][9]

Lam was appointed as Head Coach of the Pro 12 side, Connacht Rugby in Ireland, ahead of the 2013-14 season.[4][10]





  1. ^ "Allied Dunbar Premiership, 1997/98 / Newcastle Falcons / Player records". Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Pat Lam hopes to return to Northampton as a coach". BBC News. 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  3. ^ "BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | English | Newcastle Falcons". BBC News. 2002-08-25. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  4. ^ a b "Greatest Rugby World Cup XV: number 8 profiles - Pat Lam". Telegraph. 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  5. ^ "Barbarians bounce back". BBC News. 29 May 2002. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Rugby World Cup | Team Pages | Scotland | Scots are ready insists Lam". BBC News. 2003-10-09. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  7. ^ "RaboDirect PRO12: Connacht confirm Lam appointment | Live Rugby News". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  8. ^ Chris Foy (2012-11-15). "Lam's back, so it could be the chop for Howley | Mail Online". Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  9. ^ Andy Howell (2012-11-18). "Samoan great Pat Lam celebrates another special win over Wales". Wales Online. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  10. ^ "Pat Lam appointed to Head Coach | Connacht Rugby Website". 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  11. ^ "BBC Sport - Harlequins' Nick Evans wins RPA players' player of year award". 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 

External links

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  • Gray, Wynne (4 July 2008). "Lam calls the shots". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 4 July 2008. 
  • "Lam lands Blues job". New Zealand Herald. 3 July 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2008. 
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