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Medical student at centre of rugby Six Nations

05 February 2010

Jamie Roberts

A Cardiff University medical student will play centre for Wales in rugby’s RBS Six Nations tournament.

Jamie Roberts is in the fourth year of his medicine degree at the School of Medicine but has put his studies on hold after being named in the Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland's starting line up.

Jamie said: "The School of Medicine at the University has been fantastic in helping me juggle studying and playing rugby. The School has been very understanding and flexible about managing my time and studies. Right now all I can think about is playing for Wales."

Jamie follows in a long line of proud associations with Welsh rugby from the School both on and off the pitch.

Last year the School of Medicine along with Cardiff Medicals RFC launched the Dr Jack Matthews Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships, bursaries and prizes for medical students studying at Cardiff University.

Dr Jack Matthews OBE studied at Cardiff Medical School and practised as a GP in Cardiff for more than 40 years. Dr Jack was an accomplished sportsman and played rugby union for Cardiff, the Barbarians, Wales and the British Lions.

Professor Paul Morgan, Dean of the School of Medicine said: "Staff and students from the School of Medicine wish Jamie the best of luck in the Six Nations. Our students continue to represent the School at the highest of levels, both in achievements outside the lecture theatres, and in their medical professions.

"The Dr Jack Matthews Scholarship Fund encourages our medical students to reach their full potential and broaden their horizons. We would like to thank everyone who has supported this fund in the past and still welcome donations."

Mr Martyn Fowler, Cardiff University's Head of Rugby has known Jamie since he was 11 gaining his first representative honours with Cardiff Schools and having coached Jamie with Cardiff Blues Regional squads from U17 to U20.

He said: "All the Rugby clubs at the University wish Jamie well, he is a great ambassador for Cardiff University and a true indicator that sporting and academic excellence can indeed be developed at the University."

Cardiff University has been consistently ranked in the top 20 sporting institutions in the UK in recent years.

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