British and Irish Lions: Jamie Roberts issues warning to team-mates

Last Updated: 02/05/13 8:36pm

  • Share:
Jamie Roberts (R): Issued warning to Lions' team-mates, including Brian O'Driscoll (L)

Jamie Roberts (R): Issued warning to Lions' team-mates, including Brian O'Driscoll (L)

Sky Bet

Wales centre Jamie Roberts has warned his British and Irish Lions team-mates they will face the "ultimate challenge in rugby" when they travel to Australia.

Warren Gatland's touring side face Barbarians in Hong Kong on 1 June before moving on to compete in a further nine fixtures, the pick of which will be the three-Test series against the Wallabies.

Roberts was voted player of the series when the Lions competed in South Africa four years ago and is determined they will be prepared for what to expect this time round.

"In a foreign country like Australia it can be quite intimidating. It will be a daunting atmosphere," he said.

"The sporting prowess of Australia means that whenever it comes to the big occasion, they always raise their game.

"Whether it's union, league, cricket or athletics, they pride themselves enormously on sport.


"They will raise their game against the Lions and the whole country will go berserk. That's when it becomes intimidating.

"There's 37 players, plus staff, against a nation. It's back to the walls stuff from minute one, like it is on every Lions tour. It's the ultimate challenge in rugby."

Roberts will be pushing Brian O'Driscoll, Jonathan Davies and Manu Tuilagi for a place in the Lions' Test team when the series opens in Brisbane on 22 June and he was keen to pay tribute to O'Driscoll.

"Brian is the epitome of the modern centre. His skill set is superb. To go on a fourth Lions tour is special," added Roberts.

"Jon and Manu have been the form centres in the UK this season. They're very destructive runners. If you get the ball in their hands and in space they can be very dangerous runners.

"Manu's quite a specimen and a hard man to stop in his tracks. He's very strong. If we can get him running full tilt into gaps, he's a pretty special attacking weapon."

Watch the every Lions game live and exclusive only on Sky Sports. To sign up or upgrade click here

  • Share:


Lions tour 2013

Lions fans: Big boost for Australian economy

Lions boosted Aussie economy

The British & Irish Lions tour this summer gave the Australian economy an £88m boost.

Alun Wyn Jones toasts the Lions success with compatriot Sam Warburton in Sydney

Jones - I can't comprehend it

Lions lock Alun Wyn Jones admits to still suffering an "emotional hangover" after the historic series win.

Having won a series with the Lions, Jamie Roberts is plotting further success with Wales

Roberts: Lions can spur Wales

Jamie Roberts hopes the British and Irish Lions' series victory in Australia can spur Wales on to World Cup glory.

Related Profiles

Most Popular


On Ringside...

On Ringside...

Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew go face-to-face on the show, plus we recall Rumble in the Jungle.

Mario urged to avoid bust-ups

Mario urged to avoid bust-ups

Alan McInally has urged Mario Balotelli to avoid controversy and focus on scoring for Liverpool.

On The FantasyFC...

On The FantasyFC...

David O’Leary and Gianluca Zambrotta join us - plus Olympiakos take our corner challenge.