Jamie Roberts leaves Bath to join Stormers in Super Rugby

Former Wales centre admits he had goal to play rugby in the southern hemisphere

Jamie Roberts has been released from his Bath contract so he can join the Stormers in South Africa. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Jamie Roberts has been released from his Bath contract so he can join the Stormers in South Africa. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

 

Former Wales centre Jamie Roberts is to leave Bath with immediate effect to play the 2020 Super Rugby season with Siya Kolisi’s Stormers.

Roberts, capped 94 times by Wales and with three Lions Test appearances, arrived at the Recreation Ground from Harlequins in 2018 and has been granted early release from his contract.

The Stormers have recruited the 33-year-old to add experience to their rookie backline and also act as a mentor, performing a “major role in nurturing the talent around him in Cape Town”.

“It has long been a goal of mine to play in the southern hemisphere. While I’m looking forward to wearing the shirt, my key drive is to perform on the pitch, win week in week out and to help to drive success,” Roberts said.

“Every time I have been to South Africa it has always struck me as a beautiful country with rugby at its heart, which reminds me very much of home. It feels very special to be able to come and play rugby in South Africa.

“It will also be a fantastic opportunity for me to help impart some knowledge and insight on the many talented youngsters that we have here.”

Roberts, a qualified doctor, has also played for Cardiff Blues and Racing Metro in a well travelled 13-year professional career.

“I owe huge thanks to Bath for accepting my release and allowing me to take up this incredible opportunity,” he said.

“I didn’t think at this stage in my career that an opportunity like this would come my way. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I’m certain will not come around again.”

To replace Roberts, Bath have signed Fiji centre Josh Matavesi from Newcastle with immediate effect.

The Stormers open their season at home to New Zealand’s Wellington Hurricanes on February 1st.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.