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Connacht boosted by return of Roux and Heenan as they seek first win of the season

The pair have recovered from injury and are available for Saturday’s game away to Scarlets.

Ireland and Connacht lock Quinn Roux.
Ireland and Connacht lock Quinn Roux.
Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO

CONNACHT HEAD COACH Pat Lam will be able to call upon two important members of his squad when they face Scarlets in Wales in the Guinness Pro12 on Saturday [7.35pm].

An injury update issued by the Pro12 champions this afternoon has confirmed that Quinn Roux and Jake Heenan will both be available for this weekend’s game at Parc y Scarlets, where Connacht will be aiming for their first win of the season.

After beginning their title defence with home defeats to Glasgow Warriors and Ospreys, Connacht’s game away to Zebre on Saturday was abandoned at half-time due to adverse weather conditions, with the visitors trailing 22-10 at the time.

Roux, who made his Ireland debut during the summer tour of South Africa, will integrate fully into training this week and is available for selection. The 25-year-old South African-born lock has been out with a hip injury.

Jake Heenan is also in contention to play against Scarlets, who are another side searching for their first win of the season. The 24-year-old flanker, who has been capped by New Zealand at U20 level, has recovered from a hand injury sustained in pre-season.

Elsewhere, Dominic Robertson-McCoy will be out of action for a minimum of six weeks after picking up an arm injury in training last week, while fellow prop Ivan Soroka injured his foot in a club game at the weekend and is awaiting a scan to determine the extent of the injury.

Having recovered from a hamstring injury, lock Andrew Browne came through all 40 minutes against Zebre without any ill effects.

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