SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 08: James Roberts of the Tigers looks on during the round nine NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Gold Coast Titans at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, on May 08, 2021, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The Wests Tigers are surging following their second straight thrilling field-goal winner this past weekend against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

However, the embattled club have been dealt some bad news as veteran James Roberts has been ruled out indefinitely after the centre underwent back surgery.

Roberts, who's played over 150 NRL games, joined the Tigers in 2021 following stints with the Rabbitohs, Broncos, Titans and Panthers.

The former New South Wales State of Origin representative has been heralded throughout his career for his attacking prowess, now 29-years-old though, Roberts has struggled to find form and health in recent years.

And the latest injury blow for the centre has come in the form of a back injury, which had bothered him throughout the early parts of the season - leading to him playing only four of the first seven games.

According to the NRL Physio, even minor back surgeries can take roughly 6-8 weeks to recover from, however, the Tigers have ruled Roberts out indefinitely as the club looks to make it three in a row when they go up against the St George Illawarra Dragons this Sunday at WIN Stadium.

Playing inside try-scoring flyer David Nofoaluma during his four games this season, Roberts' long-term replacement on the right side is likely to be Luke Garner, as he slotted into his spot last week with the Indigenous All-Star on the sideline resting his back prior to the surgery.


  1. Michael Maguire; you have enough on tour plate to worry about without fretting over a high-maintenance player with a dodgy back. No-one has called him “Jimmy the Jet” for a long time.

    Just flick the mental switch from “current player” to “ex-player” and forget about him. He’s done his dash. We enjoyed him when he was good, but that was a long time ago.

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