Bealham commits to Connacht with new contract

31 October 2023

Bealham commits to Connacht with new contract

Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce that Finlay Bealham has signed a two-year contract extension with the club. 

The Irish international tighthead will now remain at The Sportsground until at least the end of the 2025/26 season.

This latest deal means Bealham will have a 15 year association with the club, having first joined the Connacht Sub-Academy in 2011. He made his Professional debut in February 2014, before signing his first senior contract that summer.

Since then Bealham has made 189 appearances for the province, one of which was as a starter in the 2016 PRO12 Grand Final.

The 32-year old has made a big impact on the international scene too. Since his debut in March 2016 he has made 36 appearances and has been a regular member of the Ireland matchday 23 over the past few years. In the World Cup just gone he featured in all but one of Ireland’s five games.

Finlay Bealham says:

“It’s been a huge privilege representing Connacht and Ireland, so I’m delighted to be extending my contract with the province. Playing for my club and country is something I’ll never take for granted, and representing Ireland at the World Cup in front of our incredible fans was one of the proudest moments of my career. 

Connacht has been my home for 12 years now and I love it here. We’ve had great days in the past and I’m sure there are more great days to come. I can’t wait to get back playing with the club, and I’m more motivated than ever to help bring success to the province and national team in the years ahead.”

Connacht Head Coach Pete Wilkins says:

“Finlay’s contract extension is another brilliant bit of news for the club. Quality tightheads props are vital in the modern game and with Finlay Connacht have a world-class operator in his position. He’s someone who keeps going from strength to strength and he’s proven his importance both to us and in the Ireland setup. He’s also a brilliant guy and really popular in the dressing room, so his commitment to Connacht for another few years is great for everyone concerned.”