Lam promises more from confident Connacht

Connacht coach Pat Lam believes there is much more to come from his young squad after celebrating the New Year with a solid victory over Munster at the Galway Sportsground.

Lam promises more from confident Connacht

Keen to keep his current squad together amid talks of Robbie Henshaw’s departure, Lam says his players are only just beginning to reap rewards for the province.

“There is no doubt there are a lot of guys in the squad we want to keep because they are a great bunch of of guys. They are working hard, and when we talk about the vision and you look at the ages of some of these guys, I believe this whole group can go on and do amazing things for Connacht Rugby.”

One of those players could well include Quinn Roux, who will now remain with Connacht until the season’s end, when he will become a free agent.

On loan from Leinster and originally available for Connacht until December 31, the former South African Stormer has played a key role in the province’s unbeaten home record.

“We are pleased to say we have extended Quinn Roux’s until the end of the season which is great. He has very much impressed us. He has impressed everyone since he arrived here — the boys welcomed him, he really enjoys it, and when you tie those factors together, we see the result.”

Lam says the agreement with Leinster has worked well.

“If it works for both parties, it is great. We had a situation and they had too many locks, and we got talking through the IRFU and it worked well for all the parties. Quinn just wanted the opportunity to play and it was good agreement between ourselves and Leinster.”

Roux and Andrew Browne were among the second row players in action in the first day’s training since the 24-16 win over Munster, with Ali Muldowney bedridden with a chest infection. Also sidelined was hooker Tom McCartney with a stomach bug and outhalf Craig Ronaldson who is following concussion protocols. However veteran Michael Swift (concussion protocols) and prop Ronan Loughney (back) both returned to training.

After three days off since celebrating their first victory over Munster in 42 meetings, Lam says it is now back to business with the visit of Edinburgh on Friday.

“We have parked Munster, and we have a long way to go. We have to stay focused on the goals, and we have a big game against a team that just knocked off one of the top teams.

“You just need to look at round one when they out-muscled Munster. . They have been up and down, but they show on the their day there are a hard team to beat and we are fully prepared for this important game.”

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