Published: 10:12 | 20/4/21

Friend hopeful on Roux deal

Connacht head coach Andy Friend is hopeful that a deal can be struck to keep influential lock Quinn Roux with the Westerners for at least another year.

The 30-year-old, who is currently recovering from a shoulder injury, was not among the 21 players whom the club announced had signed new contracts last month, but Friend revealed that negotiations are ongoing and is hopeful a deal can be reached soon.

Roux, who is out of contract at the end of the current campaign, has been a hugely influential figure at The Sportsground as Connacht have enjoyed some big days both domestically and against European opposition over the past few seasons.

“We are really hopeful he will be with Connacht next season," Friend said. 

"We are waiting for another few weeks before we can make a decision on that.

“Connacht definitely want Quinn Roux to stay because he is a hell of a personality and a hell of a player for us as a province, so the intention is that we will have a decision in a few weeks.”

Roux, who has been capped 16 times by Ireland, has been out of action since February after undergoing surgery for a shoulder injury suffered with the Ireland squad in the run up to the Six Nations.

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