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Roberts rocks with the Manics
ESPN Staff
June 28, 2013
Jamie Roberts did play in Melbourne this weekend - with the Manics © @cardiffstu

British & Irish Lions centre Jamie Roberts accepted an offer to join Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers on stage in Melbourne on Friday night.

Roberts, a keen guitarist who will miss the Lions' second Test against the Wallabies on Saturday with a hamstring injury, was invited to play alongside the rugby-loving band by Manics lead singer James Dean Bradfield who scheduled their shows in Australia around the Lions' fixtures.

"I have had a chat with James Dean Bradfield about that and he suggested I get up on stage to play a bit of rhythm guitar," Roberts told PA Sport last month. "He would have to let me know which song so I can get a bit of practice in! That would be pretty cool.

"This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours was one of the albums I grew up with and one of those albums I know the word to every song. Their song 'Australia' sticks in the memory for me. It is a wonderful song and I am sure they will finish the gigs with it!

"James is a wonderful bloke, a true Welshman, a big Cardiff Blues fan and it is great to see them playing gigs in Australia alongside the Lions."

Roberts, who was reportedly 'more nervous than he's ever been', was announced as special guest at the Melbourne Festival Hall gig with the band also set to perform on the eve of the third Test in Sydney. "It's a rare treat when two things collide that you truly love,'' Manics bassist Nicky Wire told The Age earlier this week.

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