11192017

Veteran centre Roberts recalled to Wales squad

Jamie Roberts

Jamie Roberts won the first of his 92 Wales caps on the wing against Scotland in their 2008 Six Nations Grand Slam campaign

Centre Jamie Roberts has been called up to the Wales squad for the autumn internationals.

Harlequins’ Roberts comes in amid concerns over the fitness of Jonathan Davies following his ankle injury in defeat by Australia.

Kicking coach Neil Jenkins says the injury means Davies will “struggle” to play again during the autumn series.

Cardiff Blues prop Scott Andrews has also been called in as Wales prepare to face Georgia on Saturday in Cardiff.

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Roberts was left out of the initial squad after captaining Wales to victories on the 2017 summer tour against Tonga and Samoa.

The 31-year-old has won 93 Wales caps.

“Jamie is an outstanding rugby player,” said Jenkins.

“There was a lot said he was unlucky to miss out when the squad was first announced, likewise Scott Williams because they have been a big part of our set up for a very long time.

“Jamie will fit in like he normally does.”

Tight-head prop Samson Lee missed the opening game against the Wallabies with an Achilles injury and Warren Gatland has said he was a doubt for the Georgia game.

Andrews is currently on loan with Bath from the Cardiff Blues and has been called into the squad as cover.

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Exeter prop Tomas Francis will miss the final autumn international against South Africa on 2 December because the match falls outside the World Rugby international window.

So Wales have decided to bring in another tight-head for training.

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