Roberts hopeful of playing in third Test

Date published: June 21 2016

Wales centre Jamie Roberts is hopeful he will be declared fit for Saturday’s Test against the All Blacks in Dunedin.

Roberts must complete his return-to-play protocols after he injured himself in a clash of heads with All Blacks midfielder Malakai Fekitoa in the first minute of Wales’ 36-22 defeat to New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday.

Roberts managed to play on to the 78th minute of that clash and is determined to win his 83rd cap for his country this weekend.

“I had a few stitches,” he told the North Wales Daily Post.

“It was a nasty knock but I’m feeling alright. My head has taken quite a few knocks over the past decade.

“I got to know Fekitoa quite well 30 seconds into the game and the rest of the game is a bit of a blur. I remember having a clash of heads with Ireland lock Donncha O’Callaghan in Wellington in the World Cup quarter-final in 2011. My head is a weird shape now.

“There is a protocol to follow after a head knock and I am doing that this week.

“Fingers crossed I will be alright for selection.”