Wales & Lions Centre Jamie Roberts Signs Deal To Return To The PRO14

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

Jason is the editor here at RugbyLAD and a proud Limerick man.
Jason Hennessy

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Wales and Lions centre Jamie Roberts has officially signed with the Dragons ahead of the season restart in a massive coup for the Welsh region.

Roberts has been without a club following a brief stint South Africa with the Stormers and returns to his come country of Wales for the first time since leaving Cardiff Blues in 2013.

The 33-year old spent a couple of seasons in France with Racing 92 before spells with Bath and Harlequins but now returns to Wales and the PRO14 following weeks of speculation.

The powerful centre has made it no secret he wants to represent his country again and add to his 94 caps and although he has been eligible all along – being under the nose of Wales boss Wayne Pivac at one of the regions will no doubt help his case.

The recent departure of Hadleigh Parkes to Japan could very well open the door for Roberts to become a Welsh centurion as he looks to prove he can still make a difference at the highest level.

“When I left Wales in 2013 to play my rugby outside my home country, I always promised myself that I’d endeavour to return and play in Wales again,” Roberts said of the move.

“Having had some wonderful experiences playing across three of the world’s top leagues in France, England and South Africa, I’m delighted to return to Wales to play with Dragons and compete again in the Guinness PRO14 and next season’s Champions Cup.

“I’m sincerely grateful for having this opportunity, especially given the current climate we find ourselves in.

“I’m very proud and grateful to have achieved a lot of what I set out to achieve in the game and now is a perfect time for me to help many of these young Dragons achieve theirs, as a collective and individually.”

A massive signing for the Dragons who have also recruited fellow Welsh centre, Nick Tompkins, from Saracens. What a partnership that could prove to be – potentially for club and country.