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Milestone man Roux determined to maintain focus on club form

By John Fallon

A week which started with a recall to the Irish squad is set to end in further celebration for Quinn Roux when he makes his 100th appearance for Connacht on Saturday against Munster.

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A win over the Reds would crown a memorable week for the 29-year-old, who channelled his World Cup omission into a string of superb displays for Connacht.

Those performances have been enough for Andy Farrell to draft him back into the squad, with Connacht second-row colleague Ultan Dillane also getting a recall after missing the World Cup cut.

Roux, who made his Irish debut against his native South Africa in 2016, won the last of his 12 caps against Wales in March and, having also featured against Italy, Scotland and England in the Six Nations, Roux had genuine expectations of heading to Japan.

"I said this season I would just focus on myself," he explained.

"I won't worry too much about other players and how they are performing because it is just distracting me.

"I was saying I am going to focus on what I can do and be the best version of myself.

"If I can do that and get picked for Ireland, I will be very happy. And if I do that and don't get picked for Ireland, I will still be content because all I worry about is the way I perform and if my Connacht team-mates and Connacht coach is happy about that, that is all I need. I am really happy to be back in there."

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