Connacht Rugby have announced that Ireland international Finlay Bealham has committed to the province with a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the Sportsground until the end of the 2023/24 season.
Bealham has had a 10-year association with Connacht, first moving to the west in 2011 to join their sub-Academy. He made his senior debut in February 2014 and signed his first professional contract in the summer of that year.
A starter for Connacht in the 2016 Guinness PRO12 final, the 30-year-old prop has so far made 167 appearances for the westerners.
He has also made an impact on the international scene with 18 caps. He has scored two tries and played in Ireland’s wins over New Zealand both in Chicago in 2016, and more recently at the Aviva Stadium last month.
His extension is a further boost for Connacht, with new contracts for Jack Carty, Oisin Dowling and Jack Aungier already confirmed and more to be announced in the weeks ahead.
Commenting on the announcement, Bealham said: “I’m buzzing to be able to sign on with Connacht Rugby for two more seasons. I moved to Galway as a teenager and it quickly became my home.
“Connacht have given me every opportunity to play at the highest level and we are continuing to evolve and grow in the west.
“Representing Connacht and Ireland is always an honour and is where my heart is.”
Head coach Andy Friend added: “Your tighthead prop is the foundation of your scrum and one of the heartbeats of your team, so to have a top-shelf bloke and an international prop like Finlay agreeing to stay with us for another two seasons is really really pleasing.
“He knows Connacht inside out having worked his way through our ranks from our Academy, and he epitomises what hard work and self-belief can achieve.
“He’s also a huge personality and is very popular with the players, staff and supporters alike.
“We’re all looking forward to seeing him wear the green of Connacht, and hopefully Ireland, for many years ahead.”