Jamie Roberts predicts successful tour for British and Irish Lions

Wales centre Jamie Roberts is convinced the British and Irish Lions have what it takes to win the Test series in Australia

Jamie Roberts is convinced the British and Irish Lions have what it takes to win the Test series in Australia.

The Wales centre admits he has never been as excited before a tour in his life as he is for the trip Down Under with Warren Gatland’s men.

After helping his country to back-to-back Six Nations crowns Roberts is a candidate for a starting berth for the Lions, although faces stiff competition from the likes of Brian O’Driscoll, Manu Tuilagi and compatriot Jonathan Davies.

The 26-year-old was named Player of the Series for the Lions on their previous tour to South Africa in 2009, but he is more concerned with emerging triumphant as a team this time around.

“I haven’t been more excited for a tour in my life than I have for this one,” said Roberts, speaking at Twickenham in his role as a spokesperson for HSBC to witness the finalists of the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens do battle.

“It is going to be a pretty special tour, Warren has picked a great squad and certainly a squad that can go down there and win the Test series.

“Australia as a sporting country, it’s a country that really prides itself on its sporting heritage so it is going to be a very, very special tour.

“The ultimate goal for us as a squad is to win a Test series in Australia.”

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