Further details have emerged regarding Western Province lock Quinn Roux’s move to Leinster in Ireland, which should hopefully set the minds of fans at ease.
According to the WP brains trust, Roux has been released to join up with Leinster, but only a one-year deal that the player hopes to use as a “learning experience”. Apparently, once he’s done learning about Irish rugby (and Guinness, presumably), he’ll return to play for Province and the Stormers, so everyone’s happy.
They also confirmed that those pesky Bulls had put in an offer for Roux (who hails from their region originally), which he rejected. The men from Tshwane seem to be on the look for a number 4 lock to deputise for Flip van der Merwe, with further rumours suggesting that impressive Baby Bok Paul Willemse may be on his way to Pretoria as a result of the predicted collapse of the Lions.
Meanwhile, another WP and occasional Stormers player is also off to Ireland and seemingly won’t return. Wing Danie Poolman, whose opportunities at senior level have been somewhat limited after standing out as a junior, has signed a 3-year deal with unfashionable Connacht. He’s been released by Province and will apparently aim to qualify for the Irish national side in time.Tweet