Roux targets Ireland recall ahead of Pro12 Munster clash
Connacht lock Quinn Roux is hopeful that a string of big performances in the next few weeks will bring him back into contention for Ireland in the Six Nations.
The 26-year old made his Irish debut against his native South Africa when he played in the second Test against the Springboks during the summer.
That remains his only appearance for his adopted country and he did not feature during the November Series, having been injured at the start of the season.
Now he is hoping that he can play his way back into Joe Schmidt's plans, starting on Saturday in the home tie against Pro12 leaders Munster. "At the moment I need to play games consecutively and put in good performances. Then hopefully I can put up my hand," Roux said.
"I thought I had been going well over the last couple of weeks, getting good minutes and putting in good performances. I need to be consistent and to stay fit, to make myself available for the internationals."
The clash with Munster at a sold-out Sportsground on Saturday will be followed by January dates away to Ospreys in the league and then European Champions Cup encounters against Zebre and Toulouse, when he will be hoping to play his part in Connacht's bid to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.
"They are the big games you want to play in. Those are the ones where you need to perform and do well, especially the basic stuff, for whatever position you play in. Hopefully we can all put in the performance needed."
It's been a memorable year for the Pretoria native, who recently signed a new two-year contract extension at the Sportsground.
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"Yeah, it was easy for me, I love Galway. I have played my best rugby since I moved to Galway," said Roux.
"Me and my fiancée are enjoying it here, so it was an easy decision for me, especially on the back of other players deciding that they were going to sign on, even after we found out that Pat (Lam) is going to leave.
"There is a good group of players here, so hopefully we can take what Pat has done over the last few years and move forward with whoever comes here next."
However, the first priority is to get back to winning ways, after the Pro12 champions fell to a 23-7 defeat away to Ulster. Roux knows this is a big one for them.
"We have to win on Saturday. We can't use any excuse with injuries or anything, we just have to step up and put on a performance," he added.