Hot on the heels of the news that Bulls flank CJ Stander is off to join Munster, another promising young South African forward has been linked with a similar move.
According to “reliable information”, Stephen Nell of Beeld reports that former Affies lock Quinn Roux – currently playing for Western Province – will leave these shores to join up with Irish province Leinster at the end of the current Super Rugby season.
Currently 21, Roux moved to the Cape after matriculating in Pretoria and has risen quickly through the ranks, making his Currie Cup debut in 2011 and earning a maiden Super Rugby cap against the Bulls at Loftus a month ago. Reading between the lines, if the story is indeed true, it’s likely that Roux sees his path to a regular first-team spot blocked by the likes of Eben Etzebeth and Rynhardt Elstadt.
Roux, strangely enough, seemed to be ahead of Etzebeth in the second-row pecking order at the start of the season, but it’s probably fair to say that Etzebeth has double-leapfrogged him now, by establishing himself in not only the Stormers, but also the Springbok, starting team.
More on this one as we get it, as always.Tweet