Jamie Huw Roberts (born 8 November 1986) is a Welsh rugby union player. He has played for Wales since 2008, and has represented the British and Irish Lions on their tours to South Africa in 2009 and Australia in 2013. Roberts is currently playing for Bath Rugby in the English Premiership. His usual position is centre.
|Birth name||Jamie Huw Roberts|
|Date of birth||8 November 1986|
|Place of birth||Newport, Wales|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||110 kg (17 st 5 lb; 243 lb)|
|School||Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf |
Ysgol Y Wern
University of Cambridge
|Rugby union career|
Roberts represented Wales at all levels between Under 16s and Under 19s, and once again for the Under 21s. He was part of the Under 21s team which won the Six Nations Grand Slam in 2005. During the 2005–06 season, he represented Cardiff RFC. He played eleven times and scored five tries. In the 2006–07 season, he picked up a shoulder injury but recovered to play 17 times and score 10 tries for his amateur club.
With players away at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Roberts was called up to play for the Cardiff Blues, making his debut against the Ospreys. The Blues won 17–15 in the first Magners League match to have a video referee. In the next two matches against the Dragons and Glasgow Warriors, he scored three tries, one against the former and two against the latter. This form led to continual selection for the Blues and led to selection in the Welsh squad for the Six Nations.
Although he was widely tipped to start the first match against England, Roberts was left out of the lineup. But Roberts made his debut against Scotland the next week. Starting on the wing, Roberts impressed with his hard running as Wales triumphed 30–15.
He seemed to have booked his place in the team for the rest of the tournament. But Roberts was left out for the next match against Italy, with Mark Jones beating him to the number 14 jersey. Jones remained in that position for the rest of the tournament. Wales claimed their second grand slam in four years.
Roberts was included in the squad for the summer tour test series in South Africa. Due to an injury to Lee Byrne, Roberts started the match at full back. Despite Wales putting in a disappointing display, Roberts collected his first test try. He was replaced by Morgan Stoddart, who gifted two tries due to missed tackles. Wales lost the match 43–17. Roberts was again selected the following week, but in an unfamiliar position of inside centre. He had never played in that position before. Wales lost 37–21 with two infringements by Roberts leading to points for the South Africans. Wales lost the series 2–0, Roberts would stay in this position throughout his career.
After the game against South Africa, Blues coach Dai Young gave Roberts a chance in the position and he was named in the Welsh squad for the Autumn Internationals. For the first match against The Springboks, Roberts was selected at outside centre in a fourth new position for Wales in as many tests. He would be moved to inside centre as Gavin Henson pulled out with an injury and Tom Shanklin moved to outside centre. Wales lost the game 20–15., with Roberts having a quiet game on his 22nd birthday. Roberts was then named on the bench for the match against The Canucks. Wales won 34–13 with Roberts appearing as substitute., Roberts then returned for the match with The All Blacks. He played a better role in this with his crash ball getting over the gainline more. Wales lost the game though 29–9. He was once again selected at inside centre for the match against Australia, but Roberts collided with Aussie skipper Stirling Mortlock in the second minute of the game. Mortlock was immediately replaced but Roberts initially played on and was crucial in the build-up to Shane Williams' opening Wales try but the 22-year-old was later replaced by Andrew Bishop in the 18th minute. Wales finally claimed a victory over a southern hemisphere team, winning 21–18. After the game Roberts was rushed into hospital with a suspected fractured skull. This was later confirmed and he would be out for two months.
Roberts returned to the Blues setup two months later and played in the 14-man Blues victory away to Gloucester which saw the Blues become the fifth team to win all their games in the Heineken Cup group stage. Roberts was then selected in the Welsh squad for the 2009 Six Nations Tournament. For the opening match against The Scots, Roberts was once again selected to play outside centre for the first time with Gavin Henson inside him, but Henson pulled out with another injury. Roberts played an instrumental game, winning a man of the match award in the 26–13 win. He was again selected for the match against England. This time he was better marshalled with England flanker Joe Worsley man marking him for the entire game as Wales won 23–15. Roberts played again at 12 for the game against France. This time he was kept quiet and was replaced midway through the second half by Gavin Henson. Wales lost 21–15. For the third time, Roberts was selected at outside centre with Gavin Henson, and he finally played with him. But the combination didn't go as well as it was tipped to be with Roberts barely touching the ball the whole match. Wales won 20–15 but not by the amount they were hoping for, as they were looking to increase their points difference for the final round. Roberts was put on the bench for the tournament decider against Ireland. He came on just before halftime as Lee Byrne was injured. Roberts failed to match Brian O'Driscoll, who scored a try, as Ireland claimed victory 17–15 to win the Grand Slam for the first time in 61 years.
Despite the disappointing end to the Six Nations, Roberts continued to play well for the Blues as they won the EDF Energy Cup with a 50–12 win over Gloucester. On 21 April 2009, Roberts was named as a member of the British and Irish Lions for the 2009 tour to South Africa. He was one of six Blues selected.
The Blues also made it into the Heineken Cup semi-finals thanks to a win over Toulouse. But they lost in a penalty shoot-out against Leicester Tigers after the match was drawn 26–26. Roberts scored a try and set up another try.
Before the tour, Roberts was in contention for the inside centre role. Roberts was selected to play in the opening match of the tour, against the Royal XV. He was partnered by Keith Earls in the centre. Despite a dour display from the Lions, Roberts held his own in the altitude and along with Lee Byrne and Tommy Bowe made an early claim for the test spot in the 37–25 win. In the same game, Flutey came on but picked up an injury ruling him out for a week and a half. This meant that Roberts was selected once again for the match against the Golden Lions, this time partnered with Brian O'Driscoll. He scored two tries and made several breaks, which gave the selectors thoughts about a test partnership with O'Driscoll as the Lions won 74–10. He was then left out of the next game against the Free State Cheetahs, as the Lions scraped victory 26–24. Roberts was once again selected in the centre with O'Driscoll for the next match against the Sharks. There were also signs of concerns as he hurt his shoulder and had to have strapped at the end but coach Ian McGeechan played down any injury worries, saying that it was just bruising. The Lions won 39–3.Riki Flutey was then given his first start against Western Province, but failed to impress.
Roberts, as expected, was named in the centre with O'Driscoll for the first test match in Durban. The Lions lost the first test narrowly 26–21, despite outscoring them three tries to two. In the game Roberts released his partner to set up the first try for Tom Croft. He made a tandem tackle with O'Driscoll on winger JP Pietersen, knocking him back 20 metres. However, his performance was not enough for the Lions to win despite a late comeback. His partnership with O'Driscoll was touted as one of the Lions' best centre partnerships ever.
Roberts was selected again with O'Driscoll in the centre for the match at Loftus Versfeld. This was significant for Roberts because it was where he had played his first test in the centre (and also his first ever match at centre). He had a quieter game and never missed a tackle. But it wasn't enough for the Lions as they went down 28–25 to last minute Morné Steyn penalty from 53 metres out. This gave the Springboks an unassailable 2–0 lead in the series, to give them revenge for the 1997 defeat that the Boks had suffered to the Lions. They also outscored the Lions three tries to one with JP Pietersen, Bryan Habana and Jacque Fourie all scoring. Rob Kearney scored the Lions try. Roberts was taken off in 69th minute due to a sprained wrist and replaced by Ronan O'Gara. This proved costly as O'Gara missed a tackle which led to Fourie's try and conceded the penalty which Steyn kicked. Roberts wasn't the only one to pick up an injury. Props Gethin Jenkins (broken cheekbone), Adam Jones (dislocated shoulder) and centre partner Brian O'Driscoll (concussion) all picking up injuries. This led to uncontested scrums, which favoured the Springboks as they were being destroyed. This is what many believed to be the difference.
This next day, coach Ian McGeechan announced that both props Jenkins and Jones would miss the final test and Roberts and O'Driscoll were major doubts. The following Monday, it was announced that O'Driscoll would be flying home but Roberts along with Tommy Bowe, would most likely play in the final test. But when the team was announced, Roberts' place was taken by Riki Flutey with Tommy Bowe in the outside centre. They said that he hadn't quite recovered. The Lions would go on to win 28–9 in the final test against a new look Springbok team, but the series was still lost 2–1. Roberts was selected as the Lions Player of the Series.
After the Lions tour, Roberts, along with all the other Lions would be given a five-week break from the sport. Dafydd James said that it was a good thing. This was coming from his personal experience from being injured after being rushed back into rugby from the tour. Roberts would return to regional training with the Blues in late September or early October. And despite having become a well-known figure on the Lions tour, Roberts would also face stiff competition for a centre spot from new signings Casey Laulala and Gavin Evans alongside Dafydd Hewitt, who was returning from a long term injury. The Blues lost their opening two matches to Edinburgh and Munster, with Roberts being rested. He then returned for the match with Connacht but only lasted till halftime with an ankle injury forcing him off. The Blues lost again 18–16. The following Monday, Roberts was cleared to play in the game against the Scarlets in the first Welsh derby of the season. But he was once again forced off before halftime, this time with a neck injury. The Blues claimed their first victory of the season 19–15. But Roberts would be ruled out for ten days with the neck injury meaning he would miss the game against Glasgow Warriors, which the Blues would lose 21–5. Having lost 4 of the 5 games going into the Heineken Cup opener against Harlequins, Roberts returned to partner Tom Shanklin in the centre. The Blues claimed a 20–6 victory. Roberts set up the opening try for Tom James, as well as getting over the gainline, and also booting a 70-metre kick before halftime. The Blues then took on the Sale Sharks the following week. They lost 27–26 in a close game. Next up was the Ospreys in the biggest attendance at their new stadium. Roberts and Tom Shanklin were very good in defence. The Welsh squad was named the next day, with Roberts included.
For the first game New Zealand, despite speculation he would be playing at 13, outside James Hook, he was retained at 12 partnering Tom Shanklin in the centre with Hook averting to full back. Wales ended up losing 19–12 in a thrilling encounter. The centre partnership with Shanklin lacked creativity meaning Roberts was expected to move 13 with Hook coming in at 12. For the game against Samoa, the partnership was retained with Hook remaining at full back. Roberts had a quiet game and Samoa pushed Wales all the way and nearly repeated the shock victories of the 1991 and 1999 Rugby World Cup's. But Wales held out for a 17–13 victory. Once again creativity was lacking until Tom Shanklin was replaced by Jonathan Davies. This was seen as the probable partnership for the game against Argentina although some were calling for James Hook to come in at 12 after making several breaks. On the Monday before the match, it was revealed that Tom Shanklin had broken his nose and would therefore miss the game against the Pumas. With Gatland keen to keep Hook at full back, Jonathan Davies was brought in, incidentally at 12, with Roberts shifting to outside centre for the second time in the red jersey. This was to give Roberts extra space to make the hard yards. Wales claimed victory by 33–16. Roberts was then named in the Barbarians squad along with two other Cardiff Blues players Andy Powell and Leigh Halfpenny. But attention wasn't on that for the moment as he was put under the spotlight and was told to have a big game in the final match of the series against Australia. Once again Roberts was selected at 13 with Davies at 12 despite Shanklin returning from injury. Roberts was the only player to make any headway as Wales were crushed 33–12 in their worst performance in Warren Gatland's reign. Roberts was then given a start for the Barbarians match against the All Blacks with Jaque Fourie partnering him in the centre. It would be seen as a chance to redeem himself after a disappointing international series. Roberts was finally given the chance to prove his worth with an instrumental performance as the Baa-baas claimed only their second ever win over the New Zealand by 25 points to 18. Roberts made breaks and combined superbly. This proved the critics that he wasn't lacking form but that Wales needed someone to give the opportunity to shine.
Roberts was selected for the Heineken Cup match against Toulouse in Cardiff. The Blues won 15–9 in a lacklustre match. In another lacklustre match, Toulouse claimed a 23–7 win, a blow to the Blues' quarter final hopes. He then played in the 42–13 win over rivals the Dragons. He also picked up a shoulder injury in this match and would miss the second derby match against the Ospreys. The understrength Blues were hammered 26–0. On 5 January 2010, Roberts signed a new contract with the Blues that would keep him at the region until at least 2013. After playing well in Blues 36–19 win over Sale Sharks, the Blues faced the probability of being knocked out of the Heineken Cup. And if they did not get a result against Harlequins, they would be knocked out of Europe altogether, and not be included in the European Challenge Cup. Roberts was also facing competition for his Welsh jersey, with James Hook and Andrew Bishop forming an excellent centre partnership at the Ospreys. But the Blues ended their Heineken Cup on a high note by beating Harlequins, 45–20, with Roberts hitting back at the critics with two tries, his first of the season. And although they were knocked out of the Heineken Cup, they did qualify for the Challenge Cup, by finishing second in their group.
There was plenty of competition for a place in the centres, with Roberts, James Hook, Andrew Bishop and Jonathan Davies all looking capable of doing a good job. There was also a dilemma over Lee Byrne, who was set to be banned for the England game, meaning Hook would play at full back again, even though the Welsh public were demanding for him to be played in the centre position. Lee Byrne overturned his ban and Roberts and Hook were selected in the centres with Roberts returning to his natural position of 12, having played two games at his less favoured position of 13 in the autumn. Roberts and Hook combined well, and Hook scored a superb individual try but they did not get enough of the ball as Wales lost 30–17, despite a strong fight back. They were again paired together for the match against Scotland. Roberts had an excellent game making several breaks. Wales were not as impressive but completed a comeback to defeat the Scots 31–24, having been 24–14 down with five minutes to go. The backline for Wales was retained in the following match against France, the second ever Friday night Six Nations match. Roberts and Hook managed to combine very well throughout the match but could not capitalise on their opportunities. France ended up winning 26–20 despite an excellent Welsh comeback, after scoring two interception tries in the first half to go up 20–0. Roberts played again against Ireland against Brian O'Driscoll, the man he partnered in the centre for the Lions. Ireland claimed a convincing victory 27–12. Once again, Roberts and Hook played in the centres in the final match against Italy. Wales won 33–10 with the pair combining well as Hook scored two tries. Gatland said after the match, that despite the two playing well, it would take possibly up to 12 months for them to become a great centre partnership.
Roberts returned to the Blues a couple weeks after the Six Nations in their 19–9 win over Ulster. This was a warm-up for their next against Newcastle Falcons in the Amlin Challenge Cup. The Blues romped home to win 55–20 with Roberts claiming a try. He then produced a man of the match display against the Scarlets in the Magners League, scoring two tries and setting up another in a comfortable 39–16 win over the west Wales region. This ended the Scarlets hopes of a spot in the Heineken Cup. Roberts then played in the 20–14 win over the Dragons at Rodney Parade. Next came London Wasps in the Amlin Challenge Cup semi final. The Blues claimed victory to move into the final against Toulon on 23 May. But before this, he played in the 13–12 victory over Munster, scoring a try. Next came the Amlin Final. The Blues claimed a victory by 28 points to 21, becoming the first Welsh team to win silverware in Europe. Roberts scored a try and caused trouble for the Toulon midfield defence.
Roberts was selected for the Welsh squad to go on tour to New Zealand and to take on South Africa on 5 June. It looked as if he would partner Andrew Bishop with James Hook take the tour off as he headed for shoulder surgery. But Hook delayed it by a week to play the Springboks and partnered Roberts for the sixth time in a row. In a decent match, Wales lost 31–34. Roberts had a great game combining excellently with Hook, getting over gainline a lot and putting in some decent tackles. This was not enough as Wales were outmuscled at the breakdown. Roberts was then partnered with Andrew Bishop in the centre for the first test against the All Blacks. Roberts was once again in defence, and made some breaks but it was again in vain as Wales were outmuscled by New Zealand going down 42–9 in the final ever test in Carisbrook. Roberts was taken off in the 69th minute with a shoulder injury but was deemed fine to play in the next test. His centre partner Bishop however picked up a hand injury, ruling him out of the next test. He was replaced by Jonathan Davies who played in the number 13 jersey. Wales lost the second test 29–10 but put in a slightly improved display. Roberts had another decent game once again putting in brutal tackles, making loads of tackle busts and breaks and got his 2nd test try as reward, Wales' first test try since 2006 against the All Blacks. He could have had another one but was held up over the line.
Coming back from the tour of New Zealand, Roberts required wrist surgery. It was an injury that he had picked up on the 2009 Lions Tour in the second test and had been an ongoing problem. The surgery would rule him out until Christmas. Roberts though was positive about the surgery saying it would give him time to recuperate before the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He later stated that he hoped to knock the return date down by a month or two. On 6 December, Roberts was cleared to play in the Heineken Cup matches against Northampton Saints, a few weeks earlier than expected. Roberts tweeted, '"Just had my appointment with the wrist surgeon. I walked out feeling like a kid at Christmas. Return to the playing field imminent."
Roberts returned for the Blues and was subsequently called up to the Six Nations squad. He was named at number 13 with Jonathan Davies at number 12 for the first game against England. He had a very quiet game only touching the ball 5 times. Wales lost 19-26 in a gripping encounter. He was retained for the game against Scotland with instructions to look for the ball against the Scots as Wales claimed a 24-6 victory. Davies was then ruled of the next match against Italy, so James Hook was moved to 13 and Roberts to 12. He had the same effect making some neat runs and some brutal hits, notably on Sergio Parisse, the Italian captain. Wales claimed victory 24-16. Davies then returned for the match against Ireland, with Roberts going back to 13. Wales claimed victory by 19 to 13, after a controversial try by Mike Phillips. The win kept Wales' championship hopes alive going into their final game against France. He was once again selected in a retained cetntre pairing but Wales were crushed by France 28-9, to end championship hopes and finish fourth.
Roberts was named in the preliminary 45-man World Cup squad which would attend to training camps in Spala, Poland. These were described as being ferocious. Jamie was then named in the Welsh starting line-up for the opening World Cup Warm-Up match against England at Twickenham, partnering Jonathan Davies in the centres to win his 30th Welsh cap. A Welsh team lost 23-19 to England with Roberts having a strong game. Roberts was then selected for the return fixture against England. He once again had a strong game running and tackling but picked up a yellow card for repeated ruck infringements. Wales claimed a 19-9 win - a huge confidence boost for the world cup. Roberts then started against Argentina, the final warm-up game which Wales won comfortably 28-13. The following Monday he was included in the Welsh squad to travel to New Zealand for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Roberts was selected at 12 for the opening match of the Rugby World Cup against South Africa which was lost 17-16. He was selected at 12 again, in an unchanged XV for the game against Samoa which Wales won 17-10. Roberts was not selected for the match with Namibia. But he returned for the match against Fiji, where he scored two tries, in a 66-0 win against the Pacific Island team. Wales would then face Ireland in the first quarter final with Roberts face up to old Lions centre partner Brian O'Driscoll. Wales won 22-10 to move into the semi finals for the first time since 1987. Wales would then lose their respective semi final 8-9 to France after skipper Sam Warburton was red carded in the 18th minute for a tip tackle. Roberts had a superb game however, carrying hard throughout. Wales finished the tournament with an 18-21 loss in the third place play-off against Australia. Roberts was hailed for his performances in the tournament as one of Wales' best players.
Roberts was named in the Wales squad for the 2012 Six Nations Championship, starting all five games as Wales achieved their third Grand Slam in eight years. Roberts played all five games at inside centre and, apart from missing most of the second half of the match versus England, played every minute of the Welsh campaign. Roberts scored one try in Wales' 24-3 defeat of Italy.
Wales fared badly in the 2012 Autumn internationals, losing all 4 of their games against Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and Samoa. But Roberts was a stand-out performer playing 3 games in the series in his usual inside centre position.
Wales were crowned 2013 Six Nations champions despite losing 22-30 at home to Ireland in the opening game. Roberts was central to this success, starting all 5 games including a famous 30-3 demolition over England at the Millennium Stadium in the final game, denying England a Grand Slam in the process.
Roberts played 12 games and scored 2 tries during his final season at Cardiff Blues, a record restricted by international demands and injury.
In July 2013, he signed for Racing Métro (now known as Racing 92) in the French Top 14. Roberts played 16 games and scored once during his first season at the Parisian club, his appearances were restricted by an injury which also caused him to miss the 2013 Autumn series.
Wales won 3 games during the 2014 Six Nations Championship with Roberts starting all 5 games. Wales victories included a 51-3 thrashing of Scotland in which Roberts scored two tries and a convincing 27-6 victory over France.
He played in all 5 of Wales's 2015 Six Nations games and scored one try.
After the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Roberts began a Master of Philosophy in medical science at the University of Cambridge. This entitled him to play rugby for Cambridge and he was selected for The Varsity Match which took place in London on December 10, 2015. Roberts was forced out of the game at half-time by injury as Cambridge were beaten by Oxford for a record sixth time in a row.
His contract at Harlequins is rumoured to make him one of the highest paid players in the world, receiving £380,000 a year.
Roberts' first game for Harlequins FC was on 19 December vs Calvisano. He scored a try on his debut.
Statistics as of 9 January 2018:
|Team||Games||Tries||Conversions||Penalties||Drop Goals||Total Points|
|British and Irish Lions||3||1||0||0||0||5|
|British and Irish Lions Tour Matches||6||3||0||0||0||15|
|Cap Number||Date||Team||Position||Shirt Number||Home or Away||Venue||Result||Score|
|1||9 February 2008||Scotland||Wing||14||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||30–15|
|2||7 June 2008||South Africa||Full Back||15||Away||Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein||Loss||17–43|
|3||14 June 2008||South Africa||Centre||12||Away||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria||Loss||21–37|
|4||8 November 2008||South Africa||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||15–20|
|5||14 November 2008||Canada||Substitute||22||Away||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||34–13|
|6||22 November 2008||New Zealand||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||9–29|
|7||29 November 2008||Australia||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||21–18|
|8||8 February 2009||Scotland||Centre||12||Away||Murrayfield, Edinburgh||Win||26–13|
|9||14 February 2009||England||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||23–15|
|10||27 February 2009||France||Centre||12||Away||Stade de France, Saint-Denis||Loss||15–21|
|11||14 March 2009||Italy||Centre||13||Away||Stadio Flaminio, Rome||Win||20–15|
|12||21 March 2009||Ireland||Substitute||22||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||15–17|
|13||7 November 2009||New Zealand||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||12–19|
|14||13 November 2009||Samoa||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||17–13|
|15||21 November 2009||Argentina||Centre||13||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||33–17|
|16||28 November 2009||Australia||Centre||13||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||12–33|
|17||6 February 2010||England||Centre||12||Away||Twickenham, London||Loss||17–30|
|18||13 February 2010||Scotland||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||31–24|
|19||26 February 2010||France||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||20–26|
|20||13 March 2010||Ireland||Centre||12||Away||Croke Park, Dublin||Loss||12–27|
|21||20 March 2010||Italy||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||33–10|
|22||5 June 2010||South Africa||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||31–34|
|23||19 June 2010||New Zealand||Centre||12||Away||Carisbrook, Dunedin||Loss||9–42|
|24||26 June 2010||New Zealand||Centre||12||Away||Waikato Stadium, Hamilton||Loss||10–29|
|25||4 February 2011||England||Centre||13||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||19–26|
|26||12 February 2011||Scotland||Centre||13||Away||Murrayfield, Edinburgh||Win||24–6|
|27||26 February 2011||Italy||Centre||12||Away||Stadio Flaminio, Rome||Win||24–16|
|28||12 March 2011||Ireland||Centre||13||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||19–13|
|29||19 March 2011||France||Centre||13||Away||Stade de France, Saint-Denis||Loss||9–28|
|30||6 August 2011||England||Centre||12||Away||Twickenham, London||Loss||19–23|
|31||13 August 2011||England||Centre||13||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||19–9|
|32||20 August 2011||Argentina||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||28–13|
|33||11 September 2011||South Africa||Centre||12||Rugby World Cup||Westpac Stadium, Wellington||Loss||16–17|
|34||18 September 2011||Samoa||Centre||12||Rugby World Cup||Waikato Stadium, Hamilton||Win||17–10|
|35||2 September 2011||Fiji||Centre||12||Rugby World Cup||Waikato Stadium, Hamilton||Win||66–0|
|36||8 October 2011||Ireland||Centre||12||Rugby World Cup||Westpac Stadium, Wellington||Win||22–10|
|37||15 October 2011||France||Centre||12||Rugby World Cup||Eden Park, Auckland||Loss||8–9|
|38||21 October 2011||Australia||Centre||12||Rugby World Cup||Eden Park, Auckland||Loss||18–21|
|39||3 December 2011||Australia||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||18–24|
|40||5 February 2012||Ireland||Centre||12||Away||Aviva Stadium, Dublin||Win||23–21|
|41||12 February 2012||Scotland||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||27–13|
|42||25 February 2012||England||Centre||12||Away||Twickenham, London||Win||19–12|
|43||9 March 2012||Italy||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||24–3|
|44||16 March 2012||France||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||16–9|
|45||10 November 2012||Argentina||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||12–26|
|46||16 November 2012||Samoa||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||19–26|
|47||24 November 2012||New Zealand||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||10–33|
|48||1 December 2012||Australia||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||12–14|
|49||2 February 2013||Ireland||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||22–30|
|50||9 February 2013||France||Centre||12||Away||Stade de France, Saint-Denis||Win||16–6|
|51||23 February 2013||Italy||Centre||12||Away||Stadio Olimpico, Rome||Win||26–9|
|52||9 March 2013||Scotland||Centre||12||Away||Murrayfield, Edinburgh||Win||28–18|
|53||16 March 2013||England||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||30–3|
|54||1 February 2014||Italy||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||23–15|
|55||8 February 2014||Ireland||Centre||12||Away||Aviva Stadium, Dublin||Loss||3–26|
|56||21 February 2014||France||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||27–6|
|57||9 March 2014||England||Centre||12||Away||Twickenham, London||Loss||18–29|
|58||15 March 2014||Scotland||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||51–3|
|59||14 June 2014||South Africa||Centre||12||Away||Kings Park Stadium, Durban||Loss||16–38|
|60||21 June 2014||South Africa||Centre||12||Away||Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit||Loss||30–31|
|61||8 November 2014||Australia||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||28–33|
|62||15 November 2014||Fiji||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||17–13|
|63||22 November 2014||New Zealand||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||16–34|
|64||29 November 2014||South Africa||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||12–6|
|65||6 February 2015||England||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Loss||16–21|
|66||15 February 2015||Scotland||Centre||12||Away||Murrayfield, Edinburgh||Win||26–23|
|67||28 February 2015||France||Centre||12||Away||Stade de France, Saint-Denis||Win||20–13|
|68||14 March 2015||Ireland||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||23–16|
|69||21 March 2015||Italy||Centre||12||Away||Stadio Olimpico, Rome||Win||61–20|
|70||29 August 2015||Ireland||Centre||12||Away||Aviva Stadium, Dublin||Win||16–10|
|71||26 September 2015||England||Centre||12||Rugby World Cup||Twickenham Stadium, London||Win||28–25|
|72||1 October 2015||Fiji||Centre||12||Rugby World Cup||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||23–13|
|73||10 October 2015||Australia||Centre||12||Rugby World Cup||Twickenham Stadium, London||Loss||6–15|
|74||17 October 2015||South Africa||Centre||12||Rugby World Cup||Twickenham Stadium, London||Loss||19-23|
|75||7 February 2016||Ireland||Centre||12||Away||Aviva Stadium, Dublin||Draw||16–16|
|76||13 February 2016||Scotland||Centre||12||Home||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Win||27–23|
|Cap Number||Date||Team||Position||Shirt Number||Venue||Result||Score|
|1||20 June 2009||South Africa||Centre||12||ABSA Stadium, Durban||Loss||21–26|
|2||27 June 2009||South Africa||Centre||12||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria||Loss||25–28|
|3||6 July 2013||Australia||Centre||12||ANZ Stadium, Sydney||Win||41–16|
He was educated at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, and in 2013 graduated from Cardiff University School of Medicine after 8 years studying. Roberts is also a patron for the anti-smoking pressure group and charity ASH Wales.
| Cardiff Blues Most Promising Player
|New title|| British & Irish Lions Player of The Series
The 2008 Wales rugby union tour of South Africa was a series of matches played in June 2008 in South Africa by Wales national rugby union team. The Welsh, lost both tests.2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa
The 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa was an international rugby union tour which took place in South Africa from May to July 2009.
The British and Irish Lions played a three-match Test series against South Africa, with matches in Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg, as well as matches against six provincial teams, and a match against South Africa's A team, the Emerging Springboks. The Lions won all six provincial matches and drew with the Emerging Springboks, 13–13.
South Africa won the Test series, defeating the Lions 26–21 in the first Test, and then 28–25 in the second Test. The third Test was won by the Lions 28–9. The highlight of the series was the second Test, which the Lions had led until the 76th minute, when they fell 25–22 behind. Two minutes later, Stephen Jones scored a penalty to draw the sides at 25–25 with only two minutes left. However, two minutes into injury time, Morné Steyn scored a 52-metre penalty kick to win the match 28–25.
The tour followed the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and preceded the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia
The 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia was a rugby union tour during June and July 2013. The Lions played ten matches - a three-test series against Australia, and matches against the five Australian Super Rugby sides, a Combined New South Wales–Queensland Country team, and a match en route to Australia against the Barbarians.
The Lions won the test series 2–1. The first test was won by the Lions 23–21, the second by Australia 16–15, and the final test by the Lions 41–16. The victory was the Lions' first test series win since defeating South Africa in 1997. Aside from the second test, the Lions' only loss was 14–12 to the Brumbies in Canberra.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland was the Lions' head coach, and their tour captain was Sam Warburton.2013 Six Nations Championship
The 2013 Six Nations Championship, known as the 2013 RBS 6 Nations because of the tournament's sponsorship by the Royal Bank of Scotland, was the 14th series of the Six Nations Championship, the annual northern hemisphere rugby union championship. It was contested by England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.
Including the competition's previous incarnations as the Home Nations Championship and Five Nations Championship, it was the 119th edition of the tournament. Wales won the tournament for the second time in two years, the first time they had won back-to-back championships since their 1978 and 1979 wins. France collected the wooden spoon by finishing last for the first time since 1999. It was also the first time every team managed to win at least 3 competition points (the equivalent of a win and a draw or three draws) since 1974.2014 Wales rugby union tour of South Africa
In June 2014, Wales toured South Africa, playing a 2-test series against the Springboks. In addition to the two Test matches, Wales also played a warm-up uncapped match against domestic club side Eastern Province Kings. The three matches coincided with the June International Window, playing in the second and third week of the window.
Wales entered the test series on the back of 14 consecutive losses to South Africa; the last time Wales won against South Africa was in June 1999, the only time Wales have beaten South Africa. Wales were on 16 consecutive losses to the Southern Hemisphere greats, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, with the last time they beat a Southern Hemisphere great was in November 2008, and have not won an away match to the Southern Hemisphere greats since 1969.
The 14 consecutive losses to South Africa were extended to 16, while the 16 consecutive losses to the Southern Hemisphere greats were extended to 18 following a 2–0 series defeat. The only win of the tour came in the un-capped match against the Eastern Province Kings, 34–12. During the test series, Wales and South Africa contested the Prince William Cup, which South Africa retained with the series victory. It was the seventh time South Africa won the trophy to Wales' zero.2016 Six Nations Championship
The 2016 Six Nations Championship, known as the 2016 RBS 6 Nations due to the tournament's sponsorship by The Royal Bank of Scotland, was the 17th series of the Six Nations Championship, the annual northern hemisphere rugby union championship.
It was contested by England, France, defending champions Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. Including the competition's previous incarnations as the Home Nations Championship and Five Nations Championship, it was the 122nd edition of the tournament.England won the Championship on 13 March with a game to play, winning their first Championship since 2011. On 19 March, they earned the Grand Slam for the 13th time, their first since 2003.The 2016 Championship was the first time in the Six Nations era that both the champions and the wooden spoon "winners" had been decided before the final day, as Italy were confirmed to finish in sixth place for the 11th time on 13 March with Scotland's victory over France. Italy went on to lose their final match, and were thus whitewashed for the seventh time. The 29 tries conceded by Italy was also a Championship record, exceeding the 25 tries they conceded in 2000 and 2003.2016 Wales rugby union tour of New Zealand
The 2016 Wales rugby union tour of New Zealand was a rugby union tour of New Zealand by the Wales national team in June 2016. The tour saw the Welsh side play four matches: three test matches against New Zealand and one match against the Chiefs of Super Rugby.In the history of matches between these two sides until this three-match test series, New Zealand has won 90% (27 matches) of encounters between them, with Wales' 10% (3 matches) all having occurred before 1954.Andrew Bishop
Andrew Bishop (born 7 August 1985) is a former Welsh international rugby union player who played for the Ospreys at Centre.
He was a stalwart of the Wales Under 21 Grand Slam victory in 2005. In May 2008 he was selected for the Wales' squad for the 2008 Tour of South Africa, making his debut as a substitute in the 2nd test on 14 June. Wales lost 37–21. He kept his place in the squad throughout the 2008–09 season and on 14 November, he made his first start against Canada. Wales won 34–13. He came on as a replacement in the 18th minute for Jamie Roberts in the match against the Wallabies. Critics thought this would affect Wales but Bishop held his own as Wales won 21–18, the only win that for Northern Hemisphere against one of The Big Three. Bishop then came on as a substitute against Scotland in the Six Nations. He it was his only game time in the tournament, although he was an unused replacement against England. Bishop then started for Wales on their North America tour opener against Canada. The Welsh team were missing players due to the Lions tour and injuries but still won 32–23. Bishop then started against United States. Wales won 48–15.
On 18 January 2010 he was named in the 35 man Wales national Squad for the 2010 Six Nations tournament. He was on the bench for every game, only coming on against Ireland.
On 8 October Bishop was forced to retire because of a recurring back injury.Blawan
Jamie Roberts, better known by his stage name Blawan, is an English DJ and record producer from South Yorkshire. He is best known for his track "Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage" and his remix of the Radiohead track "Bloom", which appeared on their album TKOL RMX 1234567 (2011). He came to prominence with his debut release Fram on the label Hessle Audio and signed to R&S Records. He also started a hardware-only project Karenn, with fellow R&S producer Pariah.Credited as one of the artists spearheading the industrial techno revival, Blawan's post-dubstep sounds and raw, techno-influenced beats has earned him praise from DJs such as Surgeon and the Black Dog. According to Philip Sherburne of Pitchfork, his music is "full of jackhammering kicks, splintered wooden percussion, and short-fuse breakdowns."Hallam Amos
Hallam Amos (born 24 September 1994) is a Wales international rugby union player who plays for the Cardiff Blues having previously played for Newport RFC and Dragons.
A full back or wing, he made his debut for Newport Gwent Dragons in October 2011 versus Wasps in the Anglo-Welsh Cup aged 17 years and 28 days. In doing so, Amos broke the record for the youngest player to play Welsh regional rugby held by Kristian Phillips of the Ospreys. Amos also scored a try on his debut. However, later in the same match Jack Dixon broke the record set by Amos, also as a second-half replacement for Newport Gwent Dragons.He is currently studying medicine at Cardiff University School of Medicine, following in the footsteps of both his doctor parents and other Welsh international rugby players such as J. P. R. Williams and Jamie Roberts.
Hallam attended Cross Ash Primary School and Monmouth School for Boys.
On the 21 March 2019 Cardiff Blues announced that Hallam Amos will be joining the squad for the 2019-2020 season of the Pro14 season.Jack Roberts (rugby union)
Jack Roberts (born 20 November 1991) is a Welsh rugby union player who plays centre for Cardiff Blues.
Roberts was born and raised in North Wales before moving at 16 to Llandovery College in West Wales. He was part of Llanelli Scarlets academy and played two seasons for Llandovery RFC in the Welsh Premiership. He was named as the division's player of the month in April 2013 after scoring 4 tries in the month.On 23 May 2013 Rotherham Titans announced Roberts had signed for them for the 2013/14 season in the English Championship. Roberts played 27 times for Rotherham that season.
On 29 October 2014 Roberts joined Leicester Tigers with immediate effect. He made his starting debut against Northampton Saints in the LV Cup.Following injuries to centre regulars Manu Tuilagi, Matt Smith and Matt Toomua, Roberts was promoted to the first team and quickly became a regular thanks to his speed, power and work-rate which Welsh fans have compared to that of Jamie Roberts. He is definitely in the running for breakthrough Player of the Year for the Tigers and possibly for the Premiership as a whole. On 14 February 2017, Roberts moves to the Cardiff Blues in the Pro14 from the 2017-18 season which means it will increase his chances of international recognition.However, a series of long-term injuries saw the centre struggling to establish himself at the Welsh capital, resulting in a move to Doncaster Knights ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.Jamie Woodson
Jamie Roberts Woodson (born March 6, 1972), is the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), a Tennessee-based nonprofit and nonpartisan education research and advocacy organization. Previously she served as a state senator in the Tennessee General Assembly (2005–11) and was Speaker Pro Tem and Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. Earlier she served three two-year terms in the state House of Representatives (1999 to 2005).Jonathan Davies (rugby union, born 1988)
Jonathan Davies (born 5 April 1988) is a Welsh professional rugby union player who plays at centre for the Scarlets and the Wales national team.
He is commonly known as "Fox", differentiating him from the Jonathan Davies who played both rugby union and rugby league during the 1980s and 1990s. His brother is James Davies, who also plays professional rugby for the Scarlets as a flanker.Kerfuffle
Kerfuffle were a four-piece English folk band, originally formed in 2001 around the East Midlands and South Yorkshire regions of the UK, initially comprising Hannah James (accordion, piano, vocals, step dancing), Sam Sweeney (fiddle, percussion), Chris Thornton-Smith (guitar) and Tom Sweeney (bass guitar). Thornton-Smith was replaced by Jamie Roberts in 2007. Kerfuffle disbanded in August 2010.
The word kerfuffle is originally from Scots carfuffle meaning disturbance, commotion, or fuss.Nicky Robinson (rugby player)
Nicholas John Robinson (born 3 January 1982 in Cardiff) is a former Wales international rugby union player who played at fly-half.
He is the younger brother of Jamie Robinson. Both were educated at Ysgol Glantaf which has educated several Wales internationals and Cardiff-based players, including Jamie Roberts. Nicky Robinson speaks Welsh fluently.Nick was one of European rugby's leading fly-halves and he has amassed nearly 1,500 points to date in club rugby for his four professional sides - Cardiff Blues, Gloucester, Wasps & Bristol.
A left-footed fly-half, Nick was famous for his exciting running game.
In May 2009 he joined Gloucester Rugby from Cardiff Blues on a three-year contract. He played a central role as Cardiff Blues thrashed Gloucester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final at Twickenham earlier that year.
In his two seasons at Gloucester Nick was a model of consistency for the English Premiership side, making 60 appearances and scoring in excess of 500 points as Gloucester reached the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final in 2010 (where they lost to Northampton Saints), the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final again in 2011 - where Nick was named man-of-the-match as Gloucester overcame Newcastle Falcons - and the Premiership play-off semi-finals, where a late try from Nick wasn't enough as Gloucester went down 12–10 to eventual winners Saracens.
In February 2011 it was announced he would be joining London Wasps from Gloucester Rugby on a two-year contract, teaming up again with former Cardiff Blues coach Dai Young.
Despite 2011/2012 being a difficult season for Wasps off the field, on it Nick was a virtual ever-present in the starting line-up, scoring 230 points in 25 appearances as the club reached the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup.
On 21 February 2013, Robinson signed for Bristol Rugby in the RFU Championship and for the 2013-14 season.
On 29 January 2015, it was announced Robinson would join French Top 14 side Oyonnax on a three-year deal from the 2015-16 season.Robinson retired from playing in July 2016, but re-signed for Cardiff Blues in November of the same year.
In August 2017 it was announced that Robinson would remain at Cardiff Blues in a coaching capacity, taking on the role of kicking coach alongside former Blues scrum half Richie Rees, who would be working as backs coach.In April 2018 Robinson married Lyndsey Dalglish the daughter of Kenny Dalglish.Richard Smith (rugby union, born 1987)
For people of the same name see Richard Smith (disambiguation)
Richard Smith (born 8 November 1987) is a Welsh rugby union player. A centre/wing, he plays club rugby for the Scarlets.
The centre signed for the Cardiff Blues in 2013 after graduating from playing for Cardiff RFC. Smith previously played for Neath in 2009/10 before spending a season in Australia where he turned out for Brisbane Bulldogs.
Richard’s pace gained him a spot on the sevens circuit during the summer of 2011 where he played for Wales in three of the four legs of the FIRA series, playing in Bucharest, Barcelona and Moscow. He then played in every tournament of the 2012 HSBC world sevens series, scoring a total of 26 tries.
Smith made his debut for the Cardiff Blues at centre where he paired up with Jamie Roberts, for the teams’ victory over Munster at Musgrave Park.Shaded Red
Shaded Red was a Christian alternative rock band from Denver, Colorado, in the United States. It was formed in 1993 by brothers Jamie Roberts (vocals and guitar) and Jonathan Roberts (guitars, bass, trumpet, piano). In 1997 they released their debut self-titled album through Cadence. On January 17, 1998, the band was struck by tragedy when their van hit a patch of black ice returning from a concert. Drummer Chris Yeoman was killed and Jon Roberts was left with a shattered pelvis. It was at this time the band considered calling it quits but decided to press on instead.
In 1999, the band released their second album, Red Revolution. The album was a moderate success and features a remake of the Benny Hester song "When God Ran". The band has since broken up, and brothers Jamie and Jonathan currently reside in Los Angeles.The Varsity Match
The Varsity Match is an annual rugby union fixture played between the universities of Oxford and Cambridge in England. The event began in 1872, with interruptions only for the two World Wars. Since 1921, the game has been played at Twickenham Stadium, London. It is normally played in early December.
Following their 38–16 victory in the 137th match in 2018, Oxford University RFC have 60 wins, and Cambridge University R.U.F.C. maintain the lead with 63; 14 games have ended in draws. Varsity matches between Oxford and Cambridge are also arranged in various other sports. For example, the first recorded water polo match in history was played between Oxford and Cambridge in 1891.
The women's rugby Varsity Match was first played in 1988 and has taken place at Twickenham on the same day as the men's game since 2015. The 2018 score was 8–5 to Cambridge.Wyn Jones
Wyn Jones (born 26 February 1992) is a Welsh rugby union player who plays for Scarlets regional team as a prop.Jones made his debut for the Scarlets regional team in 2014 having previously played for Llandovery RFC over 70 times.
In May 2017 he was named in the Wales senior squad for the tests against Tonga and Samoa in June 2017
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