Wednesday 22 May 2019

Roux a doubt for Connacht's Belfast showdown

The 28-year-old South African-born lock will miss this weekend but he is also looks in danger of not making the Ulster in Belfast as he battles a virus. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
The 28-year-old South African-born lock will miss this weekend but he is also looks in danger of not making the Ulster in Belfast as he battles a virus. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Irish lock Quinn Roux has emerged as a doubt for Connacht's PRO14 quarter-final showdown with Ulster on Saturday week.

The 2016 champions have a run-out against Munster at Thomond Park this Saturday before they make the trip to Belfast the following weekend.

The 28-year-old South African-born lock will miss this weekend but he is also looks in danger of not making the Ulster in Belfast as he battles a virus.

"Unfortunately, Quinn Roux is not okay to go this week," said head coach Andy Friend. "He is still having those symptoms that he had last time. It is a week-by-week proposition. We would have hoped to say that he was clear of that but it is week by week. We will see how he is next week."

Connacht have been boosted by the return of tighthead Finlay Bealham who missed their crucial 29-22 win over Cardiff Blues at the Sportsground on April 13. He suffered an horrific hand injury in Connacht's Challenge Cup quarter-final at Sale which threatened to end his season but he has made a swift recovery.

And Friend says a new tighthead is set to join the province as they prepare for the departure of Conor Carey to Worcester Warriors.

"Finlay is likely to be okay. He has made an incredible recovery from that hand injury," said Friend. "He is full of energy and wants to get back in there. There is every chance we will look to select him this week. He had infection in the cut but the infection cleared up and he is good to go.

"We have got depth across the park. Those three tightheads, Finlay has played for his country this year, but Dominic Robertson-McCoy has done incredibly well, the development of that man has been fantastic.

"And Conor Carey, we know he is moving on next year, but he is full of beans and wants to leave here in a good spot. There is great competition in those three spots and there is not much between them."

Connacht have already secured Champions Cup rugby for next season but there is still an opportunity to win the PRO14 title. Friend hinted that Bundee Aki might play against Munster, with Kieran Marmion also in the mix after he recovered from a head knock he picked up in a try-saving tackle against Cardiff.

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