Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Roberts looking to spoil England's party

Jamie Roberts has a busy week ahead of the crunch clash with England

Wales star Jamie Roberts has described next Saturday's RBS 6 Nations title showdown against Grand Slam-chasing England as "the Test match of all Test matches".

But it will not be the only item on Roberts' agenda this week, as he also faces two key medical exams during the final stages of qualifying to become a doctor. The Cardiff Blues centre flew home from Edinburgh on Saturday night to prepare for Monday morning's paper, which is followed by another exam next Thursday.

He insists, though, there is no danger of him taking his eye off the ball, and he said: "It's a busy week. But my focus is as soon as training finishes it switches, then when I arrive at The Vale (Wales' training base) it switches again. It's been the same for the last seven or eight years, and it is no different this week."

He added: "I wouldn't want it any other way, really. I've always said since I left school that it was something I wanted to do.

"I flick the switch. I've done it well over the last six or seven years, and this is going to be no different."

England have never previously found themselves chasing a Grand Slam in Cardiff and their history in rugby's professional era is littered with falls at the Six Nations final hurdle.

So what about a chance to spoil that Grand Slam attempt?

"It's fantastic isn't it," Roberts said. "That is the challenge for us, but it is not spoiling it for them, it's about beating England at home. It's the ultimate game.

"Defensively we have been very solid and it is a great run of results we are on. We've got the victories, we've dug in deep. It hasn't been the prettiest but that is what rugby away from home is all about.

"First and foremost it is about Wales winning the game next week. We are the home team and whatever England did against Italy was out of our hands. We can only focus on what we can focus on, and that's training well and preparing well for a Test match which is the Test match of all Test matches."

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