Roberts joins fight to save Cardiff Meds
July 15, 2013
British & Irish Lions hero Jamie Roberts has thrown his support behind a campaign to save the historic Cardiff Medicals RFC.
The Western Mail reports that the century-old club, that has produced 10 Welsh internationals in the past 60 years including Dr Jack Matthews, Gwyn Jones and Richard Parks, faces exclusion from British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), the national governing body for higher education sport in the UK.
New rules do not allow a single educational institution to compete as two separate teams and as Cardiff Medical School has existed as an arm of Cardiff University for the last eight years, it faces the axe. Cardiff Medicals RFC gained WRU status in 1946 having formed some 40 years earlier.
Roberts, who recently graduated from the medical school, said: "I feel a huge amount of pride in being associated with the medics rugby team. Despite having not been able to wear the coveted jersey due to my professional playing commitments, I feel it is one of my clubs as such; a very proud club steeped in tradition and history."
He also tweeted: "Gutted with what's happening at present with regards to BUCS sport. Trying to get as many people as possible to sign the petition to keep medical school rugby teams as standalone clubs. So if you've 20 seconds spare and care about university rugby, sign it please."
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