PAT LAM has revealed that Connacht's impressive ability to deal with adversity over the years was one of the things that attracted him to the job.
The former Samoan skipper, who will take over from Eric Elwood in the summer, said that he can't wait to take charge at the Sportsground.
"A lot of people sometimes write off Connacht, but one thing you can't coach is pride and the fighting spirit," said the 44-year-old, who also has one cap for the All Blacks.
"I am looking forward to being part of that and to give as much as I can to help all the people that are there," added Lam (pictured above) in a video address to guests at a fundraiser brunch which was held in Twickenham stadium on Saturday prior to Connacht's game against Harlequins.
Almost 200 business people based in Britain paid €300 each to attend the event and Connacht plan more in a bid to tap into the diaspora.
"One of the reasons I decided to apply for Connacht was that I was just really impressed with the vision of the board and the way they want to take Connacht rugby," Lam said.
"But more so the passion and the perseverance of the players and the fans against all the odds. I am really looking forward to getting over and being part of that."