Rugby ace Jamie Roberts blasts Wales’ ‘outrageous’ 60 cap selection rule
Rugby ace Jamie Roberts has taken aim at Wales “outrageous” 60 cap selection rule.
The 35-year-old centre, who has 94 caps for Wales criticised the Welsh Rugby Union’s policy in his upcoming autobiography, ‘Centre Stage: My Life in Rugby’.
The cap quota, which was introduced in October 2017, was designed to encourage young players to remain with one of the country’s four regions.
However those with 60 caps are still eligible to play for their country even if based at a club outside Wales.
But Roberts, who has plied his trade in both hemispheres, doesn’t think that an athlete’s international career can be determined by the country where they play club rugby. He believes it crushes people’s sense of adventure.
He said: “It absolutely breaks me. Who are the WRU to deny players that opportunity and basically blackmail them for the Welsh jersey?
“I hate the thought of a young Welsh player having the chance to experience rugby in France or England and being afraid to do it because he’s not then allowed to play for his country. I think it’s absolutely berserk.”