Quinn Roux set to earn his 100th Connacht cap against Munster this Saturday.
Roux has been rewarded for the good form he has shown so far this season with a recall to Andy Farrell’s extended Irish squads ‘stocktake’ next Monday. The Connacht lineout has been functioning well this season. They have the highest stats on winning their own ball in the league so far this season. They have also managed an impressive average of 3 steals per game.
On that topic, Roux said “It’s an important part of our game. It gives our (no.) ten the confidence to kick the ball off the pitch, knowing that we can win it back.” He added, “It’s been a big work-on for us”.
On Tuesday Quinn spoke about how he’s enjoying his rugby this season. “I feel really good. I’ve stripped a bit of weight. Playing around 170lb (12 stone), I feel way better for it.” He also said that has been enjoying the added responsibility of lineout calling during the last two seasons. “It’s a big responsibility, but something I’ve taken pride in. I feel like it’s made me a better player.”
Looking forward to Saturday’s top of the table meeting with Munster Quinn said “It’s usually one of the biggest games of the year. Especially at this time, the Christmas InterPros, It’s huge”. On becoming only the 35th ever Connacht Centurion Roux said: “Obviously, playing my 100th game is going to make it that bit more special. Having the opportunity to wear the Connacht jersey 100 times is huge. I’m just really proud of it.”