The Ireland rugby international Finlay Bealham has signed a new contract with his team Connacht Rugby and he will be seen playing for the team till the 2019 summer. It looks like the Connacht team management was pretty much impressed with the show that Bealham put up last season.
The 24 year old prop is capable of playing on both sides of the scrum and this was showcased during the last season. Bealham had featured in all the 31 games played by Connacht Rugby team last season that involved PRO12 and European Rugby Challenge Cup. This could be one the reasons for Connacht to extend his contract.
The CEO of Connacht, Willie Raune, said that the team was happy to have Bealham retained in their squad. He is mighty pleased with what Bealham has achieved has come into the team through the Academy system. His game and play has developed tremendously and this is evident from the rise he has shown on the international stage in the past few years.
Finlay is very important to Connacht and for the vision of the club. Willie is sure that Bealham has a very bright future ahead of him with the club as well as his international team.
The head coach of Connacht, Lam, said that Finlay is entering this season after a very successful season for Ireland as well as Connacht and he will be a force to reckon with for the next three seasons. He is impressed with the attitude and the dedication of Finlay and is sure that he will continue to be a team man in the upcoming seasons. He is very popular with other Connacht players and has a lot to offer for the team as a front row player. Bealham said that he did not have to think twice to sign the extension contract with Connacht.
Ireland gets a French coach for a small rugby club located in West Cork.
Munster rugby has obtained a celebratory coach recently. Johan Erasmus would be taking up the director position in this province. Even though this club might be still at amateur levels, it has definitely taken a step to spruce up its acts and to help the team develop skills to the next level.
If you look at Bandon RFC, it is a local club of rugby which has been found in a town that has about 6500 people as its population. Regis Sonnes has been hired to coach for the team who is considered one of the premier coaches among Top 14 forwards. Sonnes will be coaching the first team and oversee the development of different age grades as well. This will commence from the next season. Sonnes had been coaching star players at Bordeaux Begles. Now he would be working with players developing their amateur rugby playing skills. This move was possible when the club has partnered with the Bandon Grammar School. They are pooling together their resources so that they are able to afford the services of a full time coach who would be able to look into the development of both teams.
Conor Slattery is the director of Rugby for Bandon. He had acquaintance with the captain of Bordeaux Begles team and when he stated that he was looking for a coach, Sonnes was suggested by him. Sonnes was also looking to get some experience in coaching teams overseas. Even though Sonnes is one of the best coaches of the Top 14 it would have been hard to convince him to move to a small town in Ireland. Hence, the Frenchman was invited to visit West Cork with his wife. Once they saw the place and what was being offered, Sonnes was ready to come on.