|Birth name||Patrick Richard Lam|
|Date of birth||29 September 1968|
|Place of birth||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (15.0 st; 209 lb)|
|School||St Peter's College|
|Notable relative(s)||Dylan Mika (cousin) Ben Lam (nephew)|
|Rugby union career|
Patrick Richard Lam (born 29 September 1968) is a rugby union coach and former player, who represented Samoa. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, his usual position as a player was number 8. He is currently Director of Rugby at Bristol Bears in England's Premiership Rugby.
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. However, after that triumph he moved on to Northampton Saints, with whom he won the 1999–2000 Heineken Cup. Lam moved back to Newcastle Falcons for the 2001–02 season, playing with the club for a year before retiring.
Lam played one game for the All Blacks in 1992 (becoming All Black no. 928), 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.
Lam has also played for the Barbarians. He played in 2002 against England as a replacement, scoring a try. In his second game for the side, Lam captained the team to a victory over Wales, scoring another try in what was his final game before retirement.
Lam was appointed as head coach of the Pro12 side, Connacht Rugby in Ireland, ahead of the 2013-14 season.
On 28 May 2016, Connacht won their first ever major trophy, the 2015–16 Pro12 after a 20–10 win against Leinster in the final.