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Lam leaves Connacht for Bristol

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/12/2016 Sean Martin

Pat Lam will leave Connacht to take over as head coach of Bristol next season, replacing the English Premiership club's former director of rugby Andy Robinson who was sacked last month.

Former Blues coach Lam, a former Samoa international, led Connacht to the PRO12 title in 2016, and returns as coach to the league he won as a player with Newcastle Falcons in the 1997-98 season.

"Pat was the outstanding candidate in our search for a new head coach and impressed the board with his coaching ability, experience and enthusiasm for the task ahead," Bristol chairman Chris Booy said in a statement.

Lam, 48, was coach of Blues from 2009 to 2012, joining Connacht the following year.

There will be no other changes to Bristol's coaching set-up, with the club's all-time leading points scorer Mark Tainton, who was named acting head coach after Robinson's exit, set to stay on.

Bristol are bottom of the 12-team Premiership, having lost all 10 matches this season.

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