Roberts determined to earn Six Nations starting berth


Jamie Roberts is motivated by the desire to earn a starting spot for Wales at the Six Nations and insists he still has more to give.

The Harlequins back, who has 86 caps for his country, failed to impress in the November internationals, having been dropped after featuring in the 32-8 drubbing at the hands of Australia.

It was the first time he had been left out for seven years and the 30-year-old is hoping he can redeem himself at the Six Nations if given the chance by stand-in coach Rob Howley.

"I still have a lot to show on the Test stage and I'm desperate to be back in the starting side," Roberts told The Express. 

"With my experience hopefully I'll get the nod, but if I don't I'll be there to help prepare the squad as well as possible and hope for my chance at some point.

"I was disappointed with my performance against Australia and I dwelt on that for a few days. Quite rightly, I lost my place in the side. I hadn't been dropped by Wales since 2009 so it was a weird feeling.

"It was difficult, but ultimately it is about Wales winning and if the coach leaves you out you have to respect that and get on with the job."

Roberts faces competition from the likes of Scarlets' Scott Williams for the number 12 spot and the two-tour British and Irish Lions stalwart knows there are no guarantees.

"We'll have to see what Rob decides," he said. "To be involved in the Six Nations in a Welsh jersey is a huge privilege and something I have many top memories of over the last decade.

"The Six Nations stirs the emotions like no other tournament. It's such a special tournament with its history and tradition. You just want to do the Welsh jersey proud because you are representing a lot of people.

"England and Ireland showed the best form last year but we won three from four in the autumn so we have a bit of momentum and the squad has a freshness about it with a few uncapped players. I'm really excited to be part of it."