Quinn Roux set to join the Connacht Centurions club on Saturday

Quinn Roux set to earn his 100th Connacht cap against Munster this Saturday.

Quinn Roux is set to make his 100th appearance for Connacht against Munster at the Sportsground this Saturday. The South African lock first arrived in Galway after a two-year stint at Leinster. Roux initially came on loan from the eastern province in 2014, before signing on a permanent basis in 2015.
Quinn made his Irish debut against the nation of his birth in the second test of Ireland’s tour to South Africa in 2016. He has featured 7 times for Ireland and scored his first Irish try in this years Six Nations win over Italy in Rome. An unfortunately timed injury saw him miss the end of last season. As a result, he missed out on consideration for selection for the World Cup squad.

Irish Recall

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.”