Jamie Roberts faces biggest decisions of his life
Jamie Roberts is used to having to juggle his rugby with the demands of completing a medicine degree.
The 25-year-old has become a dab hand at combining studying with training....it’s a lecture theatre one minute, the gym or a muddy field the next.
But there’s only so much even a multi-tasker of Roberts’ prowess can take – and sitting exam finals in the same week as a Six Nations clash with England is stretching things by anyone’s standards.
Yet that’s the schedule which awaits the Lions centre, who is close to fully recovering from knee surgery after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament last spring.
Before he can focus 100% on what could be a potential Grand Slam decider against the old enemy at the Millennium Stadium on March 16 – the final weekend of the 2013 tournament – Roberts first has to negotiate two two-hour exam papers on the Monday and Tuesday, which will hopefully be the last hurdle on his way to qualifying as a doctor.
But anyone questioning how it is possible to take on degree finals during a Six Nations tournament is probably underestimating Roberts, who says the process of coping with the twin demands has already begun.
“I’m fully aware it is a massive year for me, not just rugby-wise but in terms of my degree as well,” he told Wales on Sunday.
“Sitting finals in the week of an England Six Nations game, well, I know that is gruelling and a tough ask."
“But I have thought ahead."
“One benefit from having been injured is that while I’ve been recovering from my operation I have got a lot of my medical work done."
“My rehab has been demanding obviously, but I have made sure I have got a lot of my placement work (on hospital wards) done, so that come December, January and February I am not out and about and can just sit down and put my head into the books."
“Hopefully that will mean I am ready for my finals."
“It is going to be hard, but I have planned it in such a way that most of my learning and revision will be done before the Six Nations starts."
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