Connacht star in Six Nations doubt
INJURY UPDATE: Surgery could put an end to Quin Roux’s hopes of a Six Nations return.
Connacht coach Andy Friend confirmed to the Irish media that the 29-year-old lock needs a hand operation.
The South Africa-born Connacht ace, who won the last of his 12 Ireland caps against Wales last March, suffered the hand injury while playing for Connacht against Munster in a Pro14 match before Christmas.
Having captained Connacht in his 100th appearance for the province, he will now be sidelined until February.
He had hoped to force his way back into contention for the Irish national team, after missing out on selection for the World Cup squad.
Connacht coach Andy Friend revealed that Roux turned his disappointment into big displays for the province and he was thrilled when he was called into Andy Farrell’s first Ireland get-together.
Connacht is decimated by injuries ahead of the Pro14 clash against Leinster this coming Saturday.
They then face Champions Cup games with Toulouse and Montpellier, with qualification hanging by a thread.
“This is a huge test,” Friend said.
“Leinster have been phenomenal and it doesn’t seem to matter which 23 are wearing the jerseys, they are still pretty damn good.”
Sources: Irish Times & Irish Sun