Pat Lam says the IRFU blocked his son from playing for free, despite Connacht injury crisis
Connacht coach Pat Lam says the IRFU blocked his son Mitch playing for the province for free.
The Pro 12 champions are in the midst of an injury crisis and Lam says his son, who's played for the Connacht Eagles, was not allowed join the senior squad as cover.
Squads are only allowed a certain number of foreign players.
Jack Carty, Marnitz Boshoff, Craig Ronaldson and Shane O'Leary are all out injured at the moment.
According to the Irish Independent, the IRFU stood firm against Connacht’s approach to allow Mitch Lam temporarily line out for the first team – even though he was willing to play to free.
In further bad news for the Western side Ultan Dillane will be out for 5 to 6 weeks with an ankle injury.
The Connacht second-row suffered an ankle injury in their pre-Christmas loss to Ulster in the Guinness PRO12, and it’s now been confirmed that he will miss up to 6 weeks as a result.