Jamie Roberts addresses ‘despite being taught in Welsh’ comments about academic success
Rugby star Jamie Roberts has addressed a suggestion that he achieved academic success “despite being taught in Welsh”.
The 35-year-old former Wales international, who has won 94 caps, has spoken about press reports during his time at Queens College, Cambridge University, where he studied for a Masters of Philosophy in Medical Science.
The centre, who graduated with an MPhil from the high-ranking university in 2017, took issue with the way the subject was portrayed, saying it was “as if” speaking Welsh was a “pain”.
He added that he is “fortunate” that he is able to speak the language and said that he would “urge anyone really to send their children to a Welsh medium school”.
Roberts was on the S4C show, Heno, to discuss his autobiography, ‘Centre Stage: My Life in Rugby’, when he made the comments.
In the interview he was asked: “We’ve all heard the headline, haven’t we, ‘despite being taught in Welsh’. What did you make of all that?”
‘My parents didn’t speak Welsh’
Roberts replied: “My parents didn’t speak Welsh. They decided to send me to Ysgol y Wern. It was a Welsh medium school, and then to Glantaf. The news came out I believe, and someone said ‘despite being taught in Welsh’ as if it was something, ‘despite he went through the pain of speaking Welsh’.
“I’m so fortunate that I am able to speak the language. I love the fact that I can speak Welsh. I urge anyone really to send their children to a Welsh medium school, because to have the two, it’s something very special”.