Jamie Roberts: Wales centre leaves South Africa before coronavirus lockdown

Jamie Roberts
Jamie Roberts made his Stormers debut against the Hurricanes in February

Wales and British and Irish Lions centre Jamie Roberts is on his way home from South Africa, flying out before the country went into lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 33-year-old had intended to stay in Cape Town, but said on social media it would be best to be "home in the UK during this unprecedented time".

Roberts had joined Super Rugby side Stormers from Bath in January.

He played 10 games for them before Super Rugby was put on hold.

South Africa began a lockdown at midnight on Thursday, 26 March.

Roberts was on a flight several hours before the lockdown began.

Speaking on 21 March, Roberts said he would go into self-isolation for two weeks if he returned to the UK.

He has allowed an NHS medic to use his flat in Cardiff to help with the fight against coronavirus.

Welsh rugby stars are encouraging people to stay at home to protect the NHS

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