Jamie Roberts: Wales and Lions legend announces retirement

Adam Kyriacou

Former Wales and British & Irish Lions centre Jamie Roberts has announced his retirement from the game, calling time at the age of 35.

The hard-running player made 94 appearances for Wales and went on two Lions tours, to South Africa in 2009 and four years later in 2013 to Australia.

He confirmed his decision to hang up his boots on social media as he brings down the curtain on a career that saw him feature at two Rugby World Cups.

Right time to retire

“The time feels right,” he wrote.

“As I reach the end of my professional playing career, I’m retiring with an immense sense of gratitude for what the game has provided to me.”

Roberts began his playing career at Cardiff and made his Wales bow in 2008, winning two Grand Slams in the Six Nations during a superb Test period.

The centre has also played in the Premiership for Bath and Super Rugby for the Stormers, with a recent switch seeing him turn out for the Waratahs.

“Representing my country was always a childhood dream. I’m fortunate it became reality. It meant the world to me and forever will,” he continued.

“I’ll remember fondly reaching the pinnacle of representative rugby and touring twice with the British & Irish Lions. The joy and despair I experienced on both tours amounted to nothing short of experiences of a lifetime.”

He added: “Above all, the game has provided a sense of belonging, friendship and healthy competition.

“There’s no doubt I’ll stay with the sport past retirement. Whilst I figure everything out, that’ll be predominantly in a broadcasting capacity.”

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