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Roberts qualifies as a doctor

Wales centre Jamie Roberts has spoken of his joy after qualifying as a doctor.

The Cardiff Blues star received his final medical exam results on Monday.

It took eight years of study while performing at the top level, and he told BBC Wales: "My nickname amongst team-mates has for some time been Doc, and I've always felt like a little bit of a fraud. It's nice that I'll finally be able to call myself a doctor."

He added: "It's been tough but it's been worth every second to achieve one of my main goals in life. I am very proud to have finally come to the end of my eight years at Cardiff University's School of Medicine."

Roberts said the journey from prospective student to graduate had been a long and hard road.

He said: "I would like to say a huge thanks to the School of Medicine for allowing me to undertake my studies, part-time.

"I pay tribute to the dean of medicine, Professor Paul Morgan, and all in the undergraduate office for allowing me to balance my studies and rugby, and a special thanks to Dr Andrew Freedman for his personal support over the last four years."

Roberts now joins an illustrious list of Welsh rugby internationals to have juggled their medical careers with sport - including JPR Williams, Jack Matthews and Gwyn Jones.

He will graduate in the summer before heading off to join Racing Metro in Paris.


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