Jamie Roberts announces immediate retirement from rugby with moving statement

Jamie Roberts announces immediate retirement from rugby with moving statement

Jamie Roberts said he is hanging up his boots, bringing an end to his brilliant playing career.

The 35-year-old Wales and Lions center has made the decision to hang up his boots, with his time with the Sydney Waratahs Super Rugby team serving as his last performance. Prior to his final journey Down Under, he spent the last 16 years with Cardiff, Racing Metro, Harlequins, Bath, the Stormers, and the Dragons.

He earned 94 Wales caps, participated in a succession of Grand Slams and Six Nations championship wins under Warren Gatland, went on two Lions tours, was named Man of the Series in South Africa in 2009, and then helped secure the victory in Australia in 2013.

He has earned a variety of academic degrees, including a medical degree from Cardiff University and an MPhil at Cambridge University, where he got a Blue for participating in the 2015 Varsity game, in addition to his achievements on the field.

It had been a tremendous career by any standard. The two-time father has now decided that his playing days are gone. In a moving message announcing his retirement, he pays gratitude to those who have supported him along the road. He also expresses his gratitude for the game, what it means to play for Wales, and what he will miss the most in emotional words.

His statement reads: “The time feels right. As I reach the end of my professional playing career, I’m retiring with an immense sense of gratitude for what the sport has provided me.

“Having given everything in body and mind, the game of rugby has given me more than I could have ever dreamt of in return. Our wonderful sport has impacted my life far beyond the white lines of the playing field; I guess its values have defined my attitude and approach to life and certainly shaped who I am today.

“It’s difficult to know where to start when it comes to thanking those who’ve influenced and helped my career. There are too many to mention, but in time, I hope I get the opportunity to share a glass and thank you all individually.

“To my parents Jackie and Norman; taking me to my first rugby session as a six year old lit a fire in me that would eventually inspire me to achieve in the sport. Your support has been unwavering and for that I’m forever grateful. Throughout my youth, my school teachers and age grade coaches were a huge inspiration. Thank you for being my mentors and your commitment to nurturing my talent.

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