Tuesday 20 March 2018

Lam tips 'perfect guy' Keane to make his mark

Connacht head coach Pat Lam
Connacht head coach Pat Lam

Declan Rooney

Pat Lam says Connacht have got the perfect man to replace him in Chiefs attack coach Kieran Keane.

Lam said he was delighted with the appointment and promised he would do his best to ensure there is a smooth transfer of power.

It was also confirmed by Connacht that Keane will not be joining the province until the end of July at the earliest, but Lam said that Connacht have secured the right man to carry on the development despite this delay.

"It's a great fit. Our paths crossed many times back in New Zealand. He has gotten results in rugby and there is a lot of people that have worked closely with him that speak very highly of him," said Lam.

"KK is the perfect guy, I'm really pleased. The boys will enjoy him, he'll drive them hard. He loves playing the game with an attacking style. When they told me they were looking at Kieran Keane, I said 'perfect choice, he'd be ideal'."

The final regular season game in the Super 15s takes place on July 15, but should the Chiefs reach the knockout stages, as they have done in the last five years, Keane might not arrive until early August.

According to Connacht CEO Willie Ruane there will be no disruption to the pre-season as Keane's assistants will be in place, although he did not confirm who those assistants would be.

Irish Independent

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