That’s it, it’s official. Ben Lam, from Union Bordeaux-Bègles, has signed with the MHR this Wednesday, July 20. Here are 5 things you need to know about who this 31-year-old player from New Zealand is.
1. He has a professional career with the New Zealand 7s team
Despite his athletic and technical qualities, Ben Lam was never selected for the All Blacks XV. However, he has experience with his nation, having played for many years with the New Zealand sevens team.
He joined the national team at the age of 7 in 2012, with which he quickly found success winning the World Rugby Seven Series in 2013 and 2014.
Unfortunately, his momentum is slowed as a knee injury keeps him out of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
2. He comes from a family of rugby players
5, they are 5 Lam who have made rugby their profession. A rather spectacular number when you know the difficulties of access to the professional world of rugby.
First his older brother: Seilala (33), who has been playing for USAP since 2017 and has signed several major performances.
His younger brother AJ (23) plays for New Zealand’s Auckland Blues and is also promised a big future in rugby. He already abuses opposing defenses in Super Rugby, like his big brother.
But even in the extended family, there’s always a sharp blade (or Lam) that breathes rugby and is ready to cut you.
So we can quote Jack Lam, his cousin and former Samoa captain, but also the younger Dylan Lam who signed up for CA Brive as a medical joker. For the Lams, rugby is in the family.
3. He was the top scorer in his league
He is known for his ability to tear through defenses with a lot of noise and an impressive top speed for such a physique.
This style of play makes him a series scorer. He holds the record for most tries scored in a season in Super Rugby, with 16 in 2018. He scored 5 tries for Union Bordeaux Bègles last season.
4. Has outstanding athletic qualities
If he is recognized as one of the best fullbacks in the Top 14, it is thanks to his athletic qualities that allow Ben Lam to break tackles and be very aggressive in the advantage line. He runs the 100m in less than 11 seconds and is 1m94 tall and weighs around 110 kilos. beautiful beast
5. He founded a book club in New Zealand.
To end on a lighter note, an anecdote can make you smile. Asked by “L’Equipe”, Ben Lam confessed his passion for reading, which he passed on to his colleagues. “Ardie (Savea) and I had set up a book club. Everyone read a book, then we discussed it with each other. We had taken the initiative to have dinner between players once a week. It was positive to avoid being trapped in the rugby bubble.”
Everyone read a book, then we discussed it with each other.
Colossus, yes, but above all a lover of literature.
Ben Lam was born on June 9, 1991 in Auckland, New Zealand. Young, he practiced athletics and rugby. His professional career began in 2012 when he was called up by the Auckland Blues in Super Rugby where he played until 2015. He signed with the Wellington Hurricanes in 2017 where he played until 2020 before being spotted by the Union Bordeaux Begles. He will also play 84 games for the New Zealand national rugby sevens team between 2012 and 2016. After two years at UBB, Ben Lam joined MHR.