Jamie Roberts a ‘grave doubt’ for first test

Lions tour doctor James Robson has said that centre Jamie Roberts is a ‘grave doubt’ to take part in the first test against Australia this weekend. He strained a hamstring in the win over the Waratahs on Saturday, but is now unlikely to feature in the opening game of the three test series.

“Jamie is a grave doubt for this weekend, there is no doubt about that,” Robson said. “You only had to see how much discomfort he was in at the weekend. However, further assessment will be made later in the week as to his availability going forward. He has tweaked his hamstring. He has a strain. He got his leg extended, someone came down and flexed his back. It is unfortunate.”

There was, however, slightly better news regarding winger George North, who was yesterday rated as “less than 50-50” by Lions head coach Warren Gatland to be available this week. The Welshman is running again, and is confident of being fit for Saturday.

Robson said: “He (North) is an exceptional character and has worked really hard. He is back to running today.

“An accurate assessment on his availability for selection will take place on Wednesday. At the moment, I think he is doing very well and has a great chance of being fit for this week.

“We wouldn’t allow him to play if there was any significant risk. We will only return him to the coaches for selection if we are confident that medically he is fine.”

5 thoughts on “Jamie Roberts a ‘grave doubt’ for first test

  1. Lions are collapsing all over the place, although the pack stays in good nick, bith the second row and back row have avoided any major injuries, key men, A Jones, O Connell have stayed fit.lions could pull a new one, leave the front row on the field and change the entire backrow at halftime,

    Start with O’Brain, Hisleap and Warbuton, to soften them up, then when they get tired bring Croft, Faletau and Tupuric on for speed, haha, never happen but would be fun.

    The backs are a mess, so much for the big powerful slabs of meat everybody was talking about before the first tour. Just shows how the guys who take the crash balls and run it up are more vunerable to injuries at the end of the year.

    Looks like

    Phillips, Sexton, Maitland, Davis, BOD, Cuthbert, Halfpenny.

    different but exciting, I think defensively these guys are better equiped to handle the nippy Aussies, and even though it might not be as effective I love the idea of throwing the ball around. Davis is a better passer than Roberts and offers more kicking options. People are worried about Aus using crossfield bombs to their big wingers, Maitland use to be a fullback and cuthbert is as tall as any.

    Cuthbert, Phillips, and davis are not small guys so it isn’t as if the line has no power.

  2. Really hope North pulls through, that’s the injury I’m most worried about.

    Although Roberts had a solid game (tackled well, a couple of good angles and 1 nice pass) I’m not sure it was worthy of a test shirt. Made very little ground overall (‘Tahs did a ‘Worsley’ on him) and 2 passes all game didn’t get me too excited. I hope he recovers well, but if he’s not fit I don’t think it’s a disaster. I couldn’t pick him ahead of JD after the weekend.

  3. Whilst I wish JR a speedy recovery it was always Jonathan Davies who would have been my 1st pick centre, see previous comments. He has grown in stature throughtout this tour and I truely hope he does not become the new Alun Bateman, has to start and would like to think one of the first names on the team sheet.

  4. Might be a blessing in disguise as I thought that Gats was going to play him and I think that there are three better centres on tour.

  5. Whatever you feel about the Lions, it’s the most competitive rugby you’re going to see at the moment. France were well beaten by the AB’s unfortunately.

    I’m looking forward to the Brisbane game.

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