Cape Town - Former Western Province lock
Quinn Roux has signed a permanent deal with Irish side Connacht.
According to Connacht's official website,
Roux has penned a two-year deal which will see him play at the Sportsground
until at least the European summer of 2017.
Roux, 24, arrived at Connacht in pre-season
on an initial four-month loan deal from Leinster where he had played for two
seasons having joined from Western Province in 2012.
The loan deal with Connacht was recently
extended to the end of the current season and Roux has now signed a new
two-year contract to remain in Galway.
At Connacht, the 1.96m South African has
played in 14 games, starting in all but one, and has been instrumental in the
province’s drive for a top six finish.
Connacht also confirmed the signing of
second rower Ultan Dillane, also on a two-year deal. Following three years in
the Connacht Academy, 21-year-old Dillane, who made his professional debut this
season, will progress to a senior contract.
Commenting on the news, Connacht Rugby CEO
Willie Ruane said:
"We’re delighted to have secured the
services of both Quinn and Ultan for the coming seasons. Quinn is an example of
a successful loan deal that worked for all parties concerned at the time and
that has worked out very well. Everyone can see the contribution from Quinn on
the pitch. He is a great fit for Connacht and we’re delighted that he sees his
future here with us.
"A huge part of our vision at Connacht is
to build our squad depth as much as we can through our own systems and structures
and Ultan coming through the Academy to a senior contract is an example of that."