Stormers' new recruit still available for Wales
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: New Stormers recruit Jamie Roberts made it clear that still be available to play for Wales if they need him.
Roberts, who has amassed a total of 97 Test caps for Wales and the British and Irish Lions over an illustrious career, flies out to Cape Town next week to join his new team.
Despite being left out of Wayne Pivac’s 33-man squad for the upcoming Six Nations, the Wales legend still has hope of playing for his country in the near future.
“I told him [Pivac] I’m only one flight away if someone goes down,” Roberts told BBC Sport Wales.
He added: “Wayne called me and we had a good chat where he told me where he was at and I have huge respect for him.
“I still harness ambitions to play Test rugby and feel I’m good enough. I’m ready to go, I’ve played quite a bit of rugby this year with Bath.
“So, if that call comes I can be on a next flight out of South Africa because that has always been the most important thing to me.
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Bath Rugby can today confirm that Jamie Roberts will be leaving the Club for South African side the Stormers, with exciting Fijian midfielder Josh Matavesi joining the Blue, Black and White with immediate effect.
— Bath Rugby (@bathrugby) January 16, 2020
“I am gutted not to be included in the original squad, but I am excited to see the youngsters involved.
“There are some old heads in there, a lot of experience, but I am absolutely delighted for the young uncapped lads who get their first shot at Six Nations rugby.”
Wales begin their Six Nations campaign against Italy in Cardiff on Saturday, February 1.
The Stormers begin their Super Rugby campaign against the Hurricanes in Cape Town on the same day.
Source: BBC Sport Wales