Comprehensive details and biography of Finlay Bealham

Comprehensive details and biography of Finlay Bealham

Helix Odhiambo
updated at February 26, 2024 at 12:54 PM

Ireland's prop, Finlay Bealham, has come a long way to become one of the best athletes of his generation. He plays for the Connacht and the Ireland national rugby union team (the Wolfhounds). It is easy to recognise him on the pitch because of his braided hair.

Finlay Bealham of Ireland and Connacht
Finlay Bealham (L) at the 2023 Rugby World Cup for England. On the left is him playing for Connacht at the 2024 Investec Champions Cup. Photo: Brendan Moran, Seb Daly (modified by author)
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Finlay began his early career in Australia before switching to Ireland. His hard work and consistency have helped him build a formidable reputation in the rugby field. We dig deep into his background, career journey, family, net worth and more!

Finlay Bealham's profile summary


Finlay Harry Bealham

Date of birth

9 October 1991


32 (as of February 2024)


Canberra, Australia




1.89 m (6' 2")


123 kg (271 lbs)


St Edmund's College, Canberra


Rugby player



Current teams

Connacht, Ireland national rugby union team


Andrea and Roy


Sadie Ferris


Sean, Skye





Net worth

$1 million - $5 million

Social media

Instagram, X (Twitter)

Finlay Bealham's biography

The Irish prop grew up in Canberra, Australia, and attended St Edmund's College. He played rugby league in Australia but switched to rugby union at 16.

Facts about Finlay Bealham
Finlay Bealham of Ireland during their Guinness Six Nations 2024 match against Italy at Aviva Stadium on 11 February 2024 in Dublin, Ireland. Photo: David Rogers
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According to World Rugby, Finlay Bealham moved to Ireland in 2010, where his grandmother lived. Unfortunately, she passed away in 2012. The prop joined the Connacht Academy in 2011 to further his skills.

How old is Finlay Bealham?

Connacht's prop, Finlay Bealham (age 32 as of February 2024), was born on 9 October 1991 in Canberra, Australia. He grew up in the country before moving to Ireland in 2010 at around 19.

Finlay Bealham's height and weight

Bealham's All Rugby stats indicate he is 1.89 m or six feet, two inches tall and weighs 123 kg or 171 lbs. His athletic body has helped him perform well on the pitch.

Finlay Bealham's hair and tattoos

Finlay Bealham's tattoos and braids
Ireland and Connacht star Finlay Bealham is known for his tattoos and hair braids. Photo: Brendan Moran, Piaras Ó Mídheach, Harry Murphy (modified by author)
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The Australian-born Irish prop is known for unique hair braids. Finlay Bealham's cornrows have become his trademarks for years. In an interview published by the Roar, the athlete explained how he often gets his hair done before games. As per Roar, he stated,

"Every trip I have to do a bit of research which usually involves Google, 'Who does hair braids near me?' and send a few feelers out."

Finlay Bealham's parents

His parents, Andrea and Roy, have avidly supported him since childhood. His brother, Sean, is a police officer in Melbourne, while his sister, Skye, works in Brisbane.

Finlay Bealham and his parents
Finlay Bealham (L) with his mother and father during their first meeting in two-and-a-half years. On the right is Bealham at Aviva Stadium. Photo: Oisin Keniry, @INPHOjames (modified by author)
Source: UGC

Finlay went two-and-a-half years without seeing his family during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. The family had a tearful reunion during Ireland's victory over England at Twickenham in the 2022 Guinness Six Nations. The prop shared his feelings with France 24 after the game and said:

"I got to see them after the game in the crowd and it was a really emotional moment for us. Certainly, this is a day that the Bealham family won't forget."

Who is Finlay Bealham's wife?

The Sun states Finlay Bealham married his girlfriend Sarah on 29 July 2022 at Finca la Concepcion in Marbella, Spain. He proposed to his wife in 2021 and they welcomed their son, Joaquin, on 6 February 2024.

Finlay Bealham's stats and career

Sarah's husband began his youth career in Australia. After moving to Ireland in 2010, he joined the Belfast Harlequins in Ulster. The athlete then transferred to Connacht Academy in 2011 to nurture his talent. Here is the career journey of Irish rugby star Finlay Bealham, including his stats and achievements.


Finlay Bealham and Maro Itoje
Finlay Bealham (L) of Connacht against Maro Itoje of Saracens during their Investec Champions Cup match at Stone X Stadium in Barnet, England. Photo: Brendan Moran
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The prop made his senior debut with Connacht in 2014, emerging as one of the top products in their academy. Bealham was part of the squad that won the PRO12 tournament in May 2016 after defeating Leinster 20-10 at Murrayfield. It was also the team's first major trophy.

According to All Rugby, the Irish star has played 199 games for the club, scoring 95 points and converting 19 tries as of February 2024.

National team

The Canberra native starred for Ireland U20 in the 2011 Junior World Cup, then played for the Emerging Ireland squad in 2015. He made his senior Ireland debut against Italy in the 2016 Six Nations. Since then, he has represented the Wolfhounds in multiple Six Nations tournaments.

Finlay Bealham at Rugby World Cup
Finlay Bealham of Ireland arrives at Stade de France before facing New Zealand at the 2023 Rugby World Cup 14 on October 2023 in Paris, France. Photo: Justin Setterfield
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The talented prop was part of the Ireland team that won the Triple Crown in 2022 and 2023. He also won the 2023 Six Nations Championship and the 2023 Grand Slam title. Finlay was also named to the United Rugby Championship Dream Team twice (2015-16 and 2022-23 seasons).

So far, the prop has 40 caps and scored 15 points with three tries. Finlay was part of the squad that reached the 2023 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal. The Wolfhounds lost 24-28 to New Zealand.

What is Finlay Bealham's position?

The Canberra-born star has played as a loosehead and tighthead prop during his career. Props are among the strongest players in world rugby. They help clear rucks and secure the ball by directing the force of the scrum.

Frequently asked questions

Finlay Bealham warming up
Finlay Bealham of Connacht warms up at the Sportsground on 26 November 2021 in Galway, Ireland. Photo: Tim Clayton
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Bealham has made significant contributions to Connacht and the Irish national team. He has also earned millions and inspired many emerging rugby stars. Discover more facts about him here.

How much is Finlay Bealham's salary?

His salary details remain unknown, but he is within Connacht's players' salary brackets. Sources reveal that the average pay for the team's non-international senior players is $92,000.

What is Finlay Bealham's net worth?

The athlete allegedly has a net worth ranging from $1 million to $5 million as of February 2024, according to Popular Bio. His primary sources of income are rugby salaries, bonuses, and endorsements.

Is Finlay Bealham injured?

Finlay Bealham sustained an injury in January 2024 against Bristol Bears following a challenge from the Bears' second-row Josh Caulfield. He received a red card for the action, reducing his team to 14 men. Some believed it was accidental and deserved a yellow card.

Josh stamped Finlay Bealham after just 13 minutes into the game by striking the prop's head with the left boot. Luckily, the Connacht star received treatment and returned to the pitch.

What did Finlay Bealham do to Peter O Mahony?

A viral video of the two made headlines when Finlay seemingly tried to hold his captain's hand on their way from the beach. Peter moved his arm down and shook off Bealham's hand. Peter's wife Jessica reacted to the video with a comment, "I could have sworn I threw out those white Crocs!"

Final word

Finlay Bealham has often pushed himself to the limit and given the best to his teams. He has become popular in the dressing room and amongst Irish fans. Besides his career, the prop creates time for his family and mentors the young generation.

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Helix Odhiambo is an award-winning Kenyan journalist and content creator with over 6 years of experience. In 2016, he won the Goal Blaze Correspondent Award for young writers.
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