A tough week for Dr Jamie
JAMIE Roberts is relishing juggling passing his final medical exams with the prospect of dashing an England Grand Slam in the toughest week of his life.
It has been the Newport-born centre’s lifetime ambition to become a doctor and he hopes to take the Hippocratic Oath after crashing their fiercest rivals’ party.
The 26-year-old sits two exams this week – one today and one on Thursday – while also plotting and preparing for beating England in Cardiff on Saturday.
And while the Cardiff Blues man was happy with the hard-earned 28-18 win over Scotland at Murrayfield, he conceded Wales will have to up their game at the Millennium Stadium.
“Not to concede a try in three games is very pleasing but we will be facing a different animal this weekend,” he said.
“We came up to Edinburgh and won so everyone is really happy, but we know next week it goes up another level.
“It’s the Test match of all Test matches.
“We will be bouncing for this weekend. It’s all or nothing on Saturday.”
Roberts, who won his 52nd cap against Scotland, added that halting Stuart Lancaster’s men would be just what the doctor ordered.
“It’s a magnificent Test match – England coming for the Grand Slam in Cardiff,” he said.
“It’s the stuff we dream of and dream of playing in as Welsh players.
“It’s fantastic, isn’t it? (the prospect of spoiling England’s Grand Slam).
“It’s not just spoiling it but it’s beating England and beating them at home – it’s the ultimate game.”
Speaking just after Wales’ triumph on Saturday, Roberts outlined his academic challenges.
“It’s a busy week. I’ve got to fly home on my own tonight and I’ve got a full day in the library tomorrow ahead of my exam on Monday,” he said.
“I’ve got my written exam, it’s three hours and 140 questions. It’s going to be tough but I wouldn’t want it any other way really.”