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Wales and Lions legend Jamie Roberts tests positive for coronavirus putting Pro14 start into chaos

WALES legend Jamie Roberts has tested positive for coronavirus – throwing the start of the Pro14 season into chaos.

The former British & Irish Lions centre, 33, signed for Dragons earlier this month after leaving South African side Stormers.

Roberts – a 94-cap Wales veteran – has been training with his new team-mates in preparation for the new Pro14 season.

Dragons were due to get underway with their clash against Ospreys on Sunday.

But with Roberts having now returned a positive result for coronavirus, the season’s start could be in jeopardy.

Roberts – who is showing no symptoms of the virus – has been forced into quarantine and will NOT play this weekend, if the game does go ahead.

On the positive result, a Dragons statement read: “Dragons Rugby has returned a positive case for Covid-19 in Welsh Rugby’s testing programme in the round of tests taken week commencing Monday, August 11.

“All subsequent Public Health Wales and Government guidelines are being followed and the individual – who is symptom free and in good health – is currently isolating.

“Dragons Rugby is part of the wider Welsh Rugby Union screening programme which has conducted over 1,100 tests to date as part of the return to training/playing process.

“This is a confidential and private health matter and we will make no further comment.”

Roberts – a qualified doctor – had been working for the NHS since returning from South Africa in March.

On his selfless good deed, Roberts said: “I just thought how can I play my part in this challenge we are all facing?

“I thought I would love to help the cause here in Cardiff with the health board that helped me train as a doctor.

“Although I have never worked clinically, I just thought I could lend an extra pair of hands and an extra brain into helping solve the challenge.”

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