19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
The province's Chief Executive Tom Sears said: "Pat's early arrival will ensure that there is an opportunity for him to work alongside Eric and the coaching staff, get to know the players and facilitate an effective handover and transition.
"It will also mean that he can begin planning the crucial pre-season period and make the best possible start next season.
"Already Pat is being involved in discussions regarding player recruitment and planning for next season and beyond and we are making good progress on that front.
"It's important to note that Eric is fully supportive of Pat's early arrival and looking forward to working with him."
The 44-year-old Lam added: "I'm delighted to be able to get to Connacht early, spend some time with Eric, the coaching staff and the players before the season finishes and start looking ahead to next season."