Jamie Roberts

Jamie Roberts
Full name Jamie Huw Roberts
Date of birth (1986-11-08) 8 November 1986
Place of birth Newport, Wales
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 110 kg (17 st 5 lb)
University Cardiff University, Cambridge University
Occupation(s) Rugby union player
Rugby union career
Current status
Position(s) Centre, Fullback, Wing
Current team Harlequins
Playing career
Position Centre, Fullback, Wing
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Cardiff RFC
Cardiff Blues
Cambridge University
correct as of 13 May 2016.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009, 2013
British and Irish Lions
correct as of 26 November 2016.

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 joined Harlequins FC in December 2015. His usual position is centre.

He is a qualified doctor, and is studying for a MPhil in Medical Science at Queens' College, Cambridge.[1] He is a fluent Welsh speaker.[2]


Early 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.


Rise In Cardiff Blues Ranks

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[3] 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[4] for the Six Nations.

2008 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.[5]

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.

2008 Summer Tour of South Africa

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.[6] Roberts was again selected the following week, but in an unfamiliar position of inside centre.[7] He had never played in that position before. Wales lost 37–21 with two infringements by Roberts leading to points for the South Africans.[8] Wales lost the series 2–0, Roberts would stay in this position throughout his career.


2008 Autumn Tests

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.,[9] 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.,[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] After the game Roberts was rushed in to hospital with a suspected fractured skull. This was later confirmed and he would be out for two months.[13]

2009 Six Nations

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.[14] 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.[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.[16] 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[17] 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[18] to win the Grand Slam for the first time in 61 years.

End-of-season form

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.[19] 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.[20]

The Blues also made it into the Heineken Cup semi-finals thanks to a win over Toulouse.[21] But they lost in a penalty shoot-out against Leicester Tigers after the match was drawn 26–26.[22] Roberts scored a try and set up another try.

2009 Lions Tour of South Africa

Warm-up matches

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.[23] 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.[24] 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.[25]Riki Flutey was then given his first start against Western Province, but failed to impress.

First test

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.[26]

Second test

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.[27]

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.[28]


September – October (Magners League & Heineken Cup)

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.[29] 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.

2009 Autumn Internationals

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.[30] 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.[31] 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.[32] 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.[33] 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.[34]

December – January (Magners League & Heineken Cup)

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.[35] 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.

2010 Six Nations

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 successfully 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.[36] 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.[37] 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.[38] 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.[39] 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.[40] 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.[41]

April – May (Magners League & Amlin Challenge Cup)

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.

2010 June Tests (Prince William Cup & Tour of New Zealand)

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.[42] 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.[43] 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.[44] 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.


Wrist Surgery

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.[45] He later stated that he hoped to knock the return date down by a month or two.[46] 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."[47]

2011 Six Nations

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.[48] 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.[49] 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.[50] 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.[51] 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.[52]


2011 Rugby World Cup Warm-Ups

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.[53] A Welsh team lost 23-19 to England with Roberts having a strong game.[54] 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.

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.[55]

2012 Six Nations

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.


2012 Autumn Internationals

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.

2013 Six Nations

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.

2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia

Roberts was selected for 2013 Lions tour down under and started in the decisive 3rd and final test at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, where he scored the final try in the 41-16 demolition.

Final season at Cardiff Blues

Roberts played 12 games and scored 2 tries during his final season at Cardiff Blues, a record restricted by international demands and injury.


Racing Métro

In July 2013, he signed for Racing Métro (now known as Racing 92) in the French Top 14.[56] 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.

2014 Six Nations

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.

Roberts also played two summer tests for Wales against South Africa, scoring a try in the narrow 31-30 second test defeat in Nelspruit.


2014 Autumn Internationals

Roberts started all 4 games of Wales's 2014 Autumn campaign, including the victories over Fiji and South Africa, earning many plaudits in the process for his strong performances.

2015 Six Nations

He played in all 5 of Wales's 2015 Six Nations games and scored one try.[57]


2015 Rugby World Cup

Roberts played 4 games for Wales in the 2015 Rugby World Cup[58]

Cambridge University

After the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Roberts begun 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.[59] 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.[60]


On 18 May 2015, it was announced Roberts had signed for English Aviva Premiership side Harlequins.[61]

His contract at Harlequins is rumoured to make him one of the highest paid players in the world, receiving £380,000 a year.[62]

Roberts' first game for Harlequins FC was on 19 December vs Calvisano. He scored a try on his debut.

Professional record

Statistics as of 15 February 2015:

Overall professional points record

Team Games Tries Conversions Penalties Drop Goals Total Points
Harlequins FC 5 1 0 0 0 5
Racing Métro 26 2 0 0 0 10
Cardiff Blues 87 15 0 0 0 75
Wales 66 8 0 0 0 40
British and Irish Lions 3 1 0 0 0 5
British and Irish Lions Tour Matches 6 3 0 0 0 15
Barbarians 1 0 0 0 0 0

Test Match record


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

British and Irish Lions

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

Records Vs Nations

Against Played Won Drawn Loss Win %
 Argentina 3 2 0 1 66.67%
 Australia 6 1 0 5 16.67%
 Canada 1 1 0 0 100%
 England 9 4 0 5 44.44%
 France 7 3 0 4 42.86%
 Fiji 2 2 0 0 100%
 Ireland 7 3 0 4 42.86%
 Italy 6 6 0 0 100%
 New Zealand 6 0 0 6 0%
 Samoa 3 2 0 1 66.67%
 Scotland 7 7 0 0 100%
 South Africa 8 1 0 7 12.5%
Total 65 32 0 33 49.23%


Personal life

He was educated at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, and in 2013 graduated from Cardiff University School of Medicine after 8 years studying.[64] Roberts is also a patron for the anti-smoking pressure group and charity ASH Wales.


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  2. "George North hopes to play for a Welsh team again in the future". BBC. 7 February 2014.
  3. "Blues Win In Roberts Debut". BBC SPORT. 14 January 2008.
  4. "Jamie Roberts Earns Six Nations Call-Up". BBC SPORT. 14 January 2008.
  5. "Wales 30–15 Scotland". BBC SPORT. 2 September 2008.
  6. "South Africa 43–17 Wales". BBC SPORT. 6 July 2008.
  7. "Roberts & Hook Switch Positions". BBC SPORT. 6 December 2008.
  8. "South Africa 37–21 Wales". BBC SPORT. 14 June 2008.
  9. "Wales 15–20 South Africa". BBC SPORT. 11 August 2008.
  10. "Wales 34–13 Canada". BBC SPORT. 14 November 2008.
  11. "Wales 9–29 New Zealand". BBC SPORT. 22 November 2008.
  12. "Wales 21–18 Australia". BBC SPORT. 29 November 2008.
  13. "Roberts Fractures Skull". Welsh Rugby Union. 29 November 2008.
  14. "Scotland 13–26 Wales". BBC SPORT. 2 August 2009.
  15. "Wales 23–15 England". BBC SPORT. 14 February 2009.
  16. "France 21–15 Wales". BBC SPORT. 27 February 2009.
  17. "Italy 15–20 Wales". BBC SPORT. 14 March 2009.
  18. "Wales 15–17 Ireland". BBC SPORT. 21 February 2009.
  19. "Cardiff Blues 50–12 Gloucester". BBC SPORT. 18 April 2009.
  20. "Jamie Roberts Included In Lions Squad". BBC SPORT. 21 April 2009.
  21. "Cardiff Blues 9–6 Stade Toulousain". BBC SPORT. 4 November 2009.
  22. "Leicester Pip Blues In Rugby's First Penalty Shoot-Out". BBC SPORT. 4 November 2009.
  23. "Royal XV 25–37 Lions". BBC SPORT. 30 May 2009.
  24. "Golden Lions 10–74 Lions". BBC SPORT. 6 March 2009.
  25. "Natal Sharks 3–39 Lions". BBC SPORT. 6 October 2009.
  26. "South Africa 26–21 Lions". BBC SPORT. 20 June 2009.
  27. "South Africa 28–25 Lions". BBC SPORT. 27 June 2009.
  28. "Roberts Wins Top Lions Honour". BBC SPORT. 6 July 2009.
  29. "Lions Resting Is Important – Dafydd James". Wales Online. 8 December 2009.
  30. "Wales 12–19 New Zealand". BBC SPORT. 11 July 2009.
  31. "Wales 17–13 Samoa". BBC SPORT. 13 November 2009.
  32. "Wales 33–16 Argentina". BBC SPORT. 21 November 2009.
  33. "Wales 12–33 Australia". BBC SPORT. 28 November 2009.
  34. "Barbarians claim famous All Blacks scalp". BBC SPORT. 12 April 2009.
  35. "Roberts signs new Blues deal". BBC SPORT. 1 May 2010.
  36. "England 30–17 Wales". BBC SPORT. 2 June 2010.
  37. "Wales 31–24 Scotland". BBC SPORT. 13 February 2010.
  38. "Wales 20–26 France". BBC SPORT. 26 February 2010.
  39. "Ireland 27–12 Wales". BBC SPORT. 13 March 2010.
  40. "Wales 33–10 Italy". BBC SPORT. 20 March 2010.
  41. "Gatland calls for Wales centre patience". BBC SPORT. 22 March 2010.
  42. "Wales edged by Springboks 31–34". BBC SPORT. 5 June 2010.
  43. "Clinical All Blacks dispense with Wales". Planet Rugby. 19 June 2010.
  44. "Determined Wales come up short again". ESPNSCRUM. 26 June 2010.
  45. "Roberts set for wrist surgery". BBC SPORT. 7 December 2010.=
  46. "Jamie Roberts confident of early return from injury". BBC SPORT. 26 August 2010.=
  47. "Roberts read to play". Planet Rugby. 6 December 2010.=
  48. "Wales 19-26 England". BBC SPORT. 4 February 2011.=
  49. "Scotland 6-24 Wales". BBC SPORT. 12 February 2011.=
  50. "Italy 16-24 Wales". BBC SPORT. 26 February 2011.=
  51. "Wales 19-13 Ireland". BBC SPORT. 12 March 2011.=
  52. "France 28-9 Wales". BBC SPORT. 19 March 2011.=
  53. "Roberts back to centre with Priestland at 15". BBC SPORT. 4 August 2011.=
  54. "England 23-19 Wales". Planet Rugby. 6 August 2011.=
  55. "Rugby World Cup: Tournament player ratings". WalesOnline. 23 October 2011.=
  56. "Wales star Jamie Roberts prepares for French adventure after remarkable year on and off the field". WalesOnline. 14 July 2013.
  57. "Squad Profiles: Wales Senior Team: Jamie Roberts". WRU Website.
  58. "Squad Profiles: Wales Senior Team: Jamie Roberts". WRU Website.
  59. "Jamie Roberts: From being at heart of Wales' World Cup tilt for glory to Varsity Match challenge with Cambridge". Telegraph Online.
  60. Mitchell, Brendon. "Men's Varsity: Oxford 12-6 Cambridge". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  61. "Jamie Roberts: Harlequins agree deal to sign Wales international". BBC Sport. 18 May 2015.
  62. "Rugby's rich list: the highest-paid players in the world". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  63. Ryan Giggs wins BBC Wales Sports Personality 2009 – BBC Sport
  64. "Wales rugby centre Jamie Roberts qualifies as doctor". BBC News. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.

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Preceded by
Bradley Davies
Cardiff Blues Most Promising Player
Succeeded by
Tom James
New title British & Irish Lions Player of The Series
Succeeded by
Leigh Halfpenny
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