Roberts champing at the bit

Thu, 03 Jan 2013 11:47
Large jamie roberts ball2 Large jamie roberts 630 Large jamie roberts wales 630

Cardiff Blues centre Jamie Roberts insists he can't wait to get back into Pro12 action after a sooner-than-expected recovery from injury.

Cardiff Blues centre Jamie Roberts insists he can't wait to get back into Pro12 action after a sooner-than-expected recovery from injury.

Roberts and Leigh Halfpenny are both in the running to pull on the Blues jersey this weekend against Munster - a fact that will also please Wales coach Rob Howley ahead of the Six Nations.

The duo both picked up injuries, Roberts (elbow) and Halfpenny (neck), during the final game of a forgettable year-end Test series for Wales, the last-gasp defeat against Australia on December 1.

At the time it was expected the pair would face a race to prove their fitness in time for the Six Nations opener on February 2.

However, they are in contention for Saturday's trip to Cork.

"It is good to be back after tearing my ligaments in the Australia game but luckily I did not have to have an operation," Roberts told Wales Online.

"It is just good to be back playing because being out for four or five weeks is frustrating.

"Especially when there is a lot of rugby going on with the Welsh derbies and the European Cup.

"I am fortunate to be back a week early and that is testament to the work of the physios here.

"You get given guidelines and I was looking at six weeks.

"I have trained hard and it has been difficult watching the team play without you.

"I am raring to go again in what is a really big season.

"I can't wait and get back on the field and play again and hopefully stay injury free."

Blues backs coach Gareth Baber added: "We haven't seen Jamie or Leigh around for a while but they have both pushed themselves back into contention.

"They are going through some tests this week just to make sure they are given the all-clear.

"But we expect to see them both involved this weekend."

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Mon, 08 February 2016
UP-Tuks v NWU-Pukke 14h45 Pretoria
UWC v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
Maties v CUT-Ixias 16h30 Stellenbosch
UJ v NMMU-Madibaz 16h30 Johannesburg
Wits v TUT 16h30 Johannesburg
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 17h00 Cape Town
Fri, 12 February 2016
Treviso v Cardiff Blues 22h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Zebre 22h00 RDS Arena
Sat, 13 February 2016
France v Ireland 14h25 Paris
Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs 14h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Gloucester v Harlequins 15h00 Kingsholm
Northampton Saints v London Irish 15h00 Franklin's Gardens
Worcester Warriors v Bath 15h00 Sixways
Saracens v Wasps 15h00 Allianz Park
Wales v Scotland 16h50 Cardiff
Sun, 14 February 2016
Italy v England 14h00 Rome
Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers 16h00 Kingston Park
PRO12
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Ulster 13 8 0 5 41
Scarlets 13 9 0 4 40
Connacht 13 8 0 5 40
Leinster 12 9 0 3 39
Edinburgh 13 8 0 5 37
Munster 12 8 0 4 36
Ospreys 13 6 1 6 30
Glasgow Warriors 11 5 1 5 29
Cardiff Blues 12 5 0 7 27
Dragons 13 4 0 9 21
Zebre 12 4 0 8 18
Treviso 12 0 0 12 7