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Wales and Lions star Jamie Roberts graduates as doctor

Jamie Roberts
Image caption Jamie Roberts graduated after training for eight years

Wales and British and Irish Lions star Jamie Roberts is adding a medical degree to his list of accolades.

On the back of the Lions' win in Australia earlier this month, Roberts graduated from Cardiff University's School of Medicine on Friday.

It has taken him eight years to earn the title Dr Roberts due to the work involved while juggling a career with Cardiff Blues, Wales and the Lions.

"I'd be lying if I said it hasn't been tough," he said.

"But achieving one of my main goals in life means it's worth every second."

He joins a list of illustrious Wales rugby internationals to have combined their medical studies and careers with their sport of choice.

The legendary JPR Williams, Dr Jack Matthews and Dr Gwyn Jones all juggled a medical career with top-flight Welsh rugby.

"I look forward to enjoying graduation with other fellow students," said Roberts.

"It promises to be a memorable day for us all, as it has been for all those graduating from Cardiff University this week.

Image caption Roberts admits that being a medical student and top rugby player has been 'challenging'

"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 eight years.

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

The Dean of the School of Medicine at Cardiff University paid tribute to Roberts's achievement.

"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," said Prof Paul Morgan.

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Media captionOn the back of the Lions' win in Australia earlier this month, Roberts is graduating from Cardiff University's School of Medicine on Friday

"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.

"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."

The 26-year-old centre will be joining Racing Metro in Paris later in the summer on the next stage of his club rugby career.

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