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Lions hero Jamie Roberts graduates with medical honours

16 July 2013

Wales and British and Irish Lions hero Jamie Roberts will this Friday (19th July 2013) formally add a medical degree to his long list of accolades.

On the back of the Lions’ historic win in Australia earlier this month, Jamie will graduate from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine after successfully completing his medical degree.

Over the last eight years Jamie has juggled endless games for his former club, Cardiff Blues , Six Nation Championships, World Cups and countless international tours with both the Wales and British and Irish Lions teams with perhaps, one of the toughest and most intensive degrees you can study.

"I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been tough but achieving one of my main goals in life means it’s worth every second," said Jamie ahead of his graduation ceremony.

"I look forward to enjoying graduation with other fellow students. It promises to be a memorable day for us all, as it has been for all those graduating from Cardiff University this week. I've a huge amount to thank the University for, most notably the School of Medicine and I'm eternally grateful for their help and support over the past 8 years.

"I’m excited to see what the future holds, both in terms of my rugby and my medical career," he added.

Dr Roberts joins a list of illustrious Welsh rugby internationals to have juggled their medical studies and careers at Cardiff with their sport of choice. The legendary JPR Williams, Dr Jack Matthews OBS and Dr Gwyn Jones all combined their medical career with top-flight Welsh rugby.

Dean of Cardiff University’s School of Medicine, Professor Paul Morgan said: "The academic rigour and intensity of studying for a medical degree is challenging for most students – especially for someone juggling with a life as a professional rugby player.

"Jamie would be the first to admit it’s been extremely challenging but nevertheless it is clear from my conversations with him that it has been an enjoyable experience.

"I am very proud of his academic and sporting successes and pleased to have played a role. His determination to succeed in medicine, together with lots of hard work and the support, facilities and teaching excellence we have at the School of Medicine have combined to help Jamie secure his degree.  

"On behalf of everyone at the School of Medicine, I wish Jamie and all of our medical students the best of luck in their future medical careers."


Further information

Interviews are available with Jamie on the morning of 19th July at Cardiff University’s Main Building. For more information or photographs from the day contact Amy Stackhouse on 02920 870997 or by email at:

Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University Chancellor Professor Sir Martin Evans.  Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise encompasses: the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences; and the College of Physical Sciences, along with a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff's three flagship Research Institutes are offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places.