Jamie Roberts will have experienced countless special moments in his life, but there is one that sticks out to him as being the most life-changing. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
In 2009, Roberts’ still fledgling career on the field was about to skyrocket as the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa loomed. He was just a year into his international career with Wales, with whom he had already won the 2008 Grand Slam, but his reputation as a supremely-talented center had not escaped the eye of Ian McGeechan.
The moment he found out he had been selected for that thrilling Lions tour; he knew life would never be the same. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
“I was 22, a young man who had come onto the Test scene with Wales a year before and everything happened pretty quickly for me,” he told the Lions site.
“I just remember being sat in the car with my best mate on the day, which was April 21. And we sat there listening to the squad on the radio and it was just an unbelievable feeling.
“I got out and danced around like a little kid and treated myself to ice cream! I had a party at my house that night in Pontcanna in Cardiff and invited all of my mates, and then also my PE teachers too.
“Those guys had played a hugely important role in my development as a rugby player and so I thought it was only right they came round to share a beer as well.” It was brutal,” he added. “Still to this day, people talk about that game and I say it was the most physical Test I have ever played.”
They bounced back in the third to claim a Pyrrhic victory, losing the series 2-1, with Roberts eventually being named man of the series, despite not featuring in the final Test through injury.
Upon his return to these shores, Roberts knew almost instantly just how highly his stock had risen. It was one day inside Lord’s cricket ground which cemented that in his head.
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