Wales centre Jamie Roberts announced his retirement earlier this week at the age of 35.
During a glittering career, Roberts won 94 Wales caps and played three Tests for the British and Irish Lions and finished his career with Waratahs in Australia.
“The time feels right,” said Roberts.
“As I reach the end of my professional playing career, I’m retiring with an immense sense of gratitude for what the sport has provided me.”
Roberts announced his intention to hang up his boots on social media before ranking his three toughest opponents for the Mail Online.
JAMIE ROBERTS: TOUGHEST OPPONENTS
#3. Shane Williams (Wales)
- Position: Wing
- Caps: 91
- Tries: 60
Named world player of the year in 2008, he ended up with 60 Test tries, leaving him fourth on the all-time list behind behind Daisuke Ohata, David Campese and Bryan Habana. He was The Great Entertainer.
Jamie Roberts wrote: “Fortunately we were on the same team more often than not! The best player I’ve been on a pitch with. Those little’uns were tough to catch!”
DID YOU KNOW? Williams started his junior career as a scrum-half at Amman United before he joined Neath as a second-choice scrum-half. However, it became apparent to Lyn Jones, Neath’s then-coach, that Williams simply could not be left out of the side, and placed him on the right wing. The rest is history.