Quinn Roux looks set to raise the curtain on her Irish odyssey with a summer move to France that now looks likely.
The Irish lock was a notable absentee when Connacht announced contract extensions for 21 players two months ago, and while coach Andy Friend says he is eager to retain the 30-year-old, he now appears ready to move Toulon. being the most likely destination.
Connacht hasn’t given up on hope of holding him back, but a move looks more and more likely.
Racing 92 were also interested in the Pretoria native, but a summer move to the south of France appears to be on the cards, where he will join former Stormers teammate Eben Etzebeth.
Such a move would likely end his international career, with Roux having been included in Andy Farrell’s original Six Nations squad earlier this year before a neck injury ruled him out and he might return. not be until the end of this season.
Roux won the last of his 16 caps against Scotland before Christmas, having made his international debut against his native South Africa in the summer of 2016.
Joe Schmidt brought Roux to Leinster in 2012 and won a Challenge Cup medal with them. Roux saw less playing time when Matt O’Connor took over and he was loaned to Connacht at the start of the 2014/15 season before moving to the permanent Sportsground.
He missed most of the Pro12 winning campaign with an ankle injury, but recovered to be called up by Schmidt for the South African tour and he made his Johannesburg debut.
He captained Connacht in his 100th appearance against Munster in December 2019, but since then he has only made six appearances for Friend’s side.
Friend said last month they wanted to keep such an experienced player.
“We really hope he will be with Connacht next season. We are still waiting a few weeks before being able to make a decision on this subject, ”he then declared.
“Connacht really wants Quinn Roux to stay because he’s a hell of a personality and a hell of a player for us as a province, so the intention is that we have a decision in a few weeks.
However, barring a late change of mind, it looks like Roux is set to leave and end his nine-year Irish adventure.