Six Nations
Jamie Roberts linked with Racing Metro exit
ESPN Staff
February 23, 2015
Jamie Roberts could end up with a potential dual-contract situation in Wales © Getty Images

Wales star Jamie Roberts will go into next Saturday's Six Nations clash against France amid speculation that he could be released early from his contract with European Champions Cup quarter-finalists Racing Metro.

A media report in Wales on Monday claimed Racing are considering letting him go after completing two years of a three-year deal in the French capital, with financial constraints and potential World Cup selection cited as reasons.

If that scenario unfolds, it would potentially create a dual-contract opportunity for Roberts with the Welsh Rugby Union and a Welsh region.

Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards said on Monday that he had not spoken with Roberts about the report, but he reiterated the Wales coaching team's view that they would like all leading players playing at home.

"To be honest, I just want Jamie to concentrate on one thing this week, and that's France, which is one of the reasons why I haven't spoken to him about it," Edwards said.

"He has got to be thinking about [Mathieu] Bastareaud, [Yoann] Huget and his job of leading our defence this week. I think his form has been really good. In the autumn, I thought he was pushing to be one of the best centres in the world.

"It's a big help, there is no doubt about that [having the players based in Wales]. I remember when Mike Phillips was with Bayonne. He played 30-odd games that season, he was in great form and they wanted him back because he was their best player.

"In those down-weeks where players normally have a rest and get their body back together, they have to go back and play again. In the end, it is very taxing, and there is also the travelling there and back. You have to factor that in as well.

"All in all, from a well-being point of view and playing longer, I always try to explain to players that you have to have longevity in the game of rugby."

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