December 3, 2022

Quinn Roux limped off the field in Bath’s 31-30 defeat to the Barbarians on Sunday
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A knee injury to former Ireland international lock Quinn Roux took the shine off a fantastic occasion at the Rec on Sunday as Bath were narrowly beaten 31-30 by the Barbarians in a historic friendly game between the two clubs.
The Blue, Black and White actually lost two locks during the course of the game with Tom Ellis suffering a head knock early in the firsty half which saw him fail an HIA before his replacement Roux later departed.
Speaking post-match, Bath head of rugby Johann van Graan said: “The biggest concern is Quinn Roux. He took a tackle, I am not quite sure right now, but it looked like he hurt his knee.
“I haven’t spoken to him yet but the way he walked off is obviously worrying for us.
“That is the thing about these games, there is a risk and a reward to them, but injuries are part and parcel of the game, it is a collision sport and guys do get injured.”
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Roux, 30, was signed in the summer as injury cover for England international Charlie Ewels who continues his rehabilitation from an ACL knee injury suffered on England duty in June.
Bath are also without fellow England international Josh McNally and South African GJ van Velze who both suffered dislocated shoulders against London Irish at the end of September.
With Bath already out of the Premiership Rugby Cup, van Graan confirmed he will make wholesale changes for this weekend’s game away at Exeter Chiefs, despite it being a bye week in the league for the Blue, Black and White.
The South African said: “There will be very little of the players involved against the Barbarians in the squad for Exeter. This was supposed to be an off weekend for us in the bigger scheme of things so we gave the guys some time off in the week because after this it is a massive block of games for us in December.
“There is a 23 being prepared as a different group, there will be a different coaching group taking the side at the weekend. It is about getting the right balance of allowing some players to get a break and have some time away.”
With one eye on Harlequins the following week back in the Premiership, van Graan’s selection options in the second row will be boosted by the return of Dave Attwood following the conclusion of his three-match suspension for striking an opponent on the head in a ruck against Northampton Saints.
Former Worcester Warriors lock Fergus Lee-Warner, who has quietly established himself as a firm fixture in the first team, is available.
Second-row Will Spencer suffered an ankle injury against Sale Sharks but was aiming for a return to action at the beginning of November.
Elsewhere, Mike Williams and last season’s breakout star Ewan Richards are options. England U20s star Richards has spent time on loan at Championship side Hartpury this season.
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