Manu skipper who chose country over club lands on his feet
Manu Samoa Rugby World Cup skipper Jack Lam has found himself a job - and the loose forward will be spending some more time in Japan.
The 31-year-old famously turned down several offers from French clubs that wanted him to pull out of the 2019 World Cup campaign, but has now signed to play for Top League club NEC Green Rockets for the 2020 season, which runs from January through May.
Perhaps Lam enjoyed his taste of Japan at the World Cup enough to want to move there on a more permanent basis, having been without a club contract since Bristol Bears released him in May.
From the villages of Gataivai, Malie and Taga, Lam was always quick to praise the hospitality and kindness of the Japanese people during the World Cup.
"From the moment we set foot here everyone has been awesome. I cannot say a bad thing about Japan. Everyone has been welcoming, the boys like the food. And they have been asking questions about our culture too, which has been awesome,” he said after the Manu’s loss against Ireland.
Located in Abiko, Chiba, around 50 kilometres north of central Tokyo, the Green Rockets finished 10th in the most recent Top League season.
Lam joins fellow Samoans George Risale and Lolagi Visinia in the side, which once had Samoan All Blacks ‘Smokin’ Joe and Jeremy Stanley on their books as well.